Are we still talking about this? Good for Loudoun Valley for having a good program. They have a great 4A program. There program details are no secret. Let the other schools train the Tinman Way too.
But, getting rid of the 6 classifications is NOT the answer. It would destroy the lower populated school systems 1A, 2A, etc. You would be wiping-out whole counties, whole school systems, whole portions of the state from competition.
Those kids know they´re not going to run in college, but they enjoy healthy competition amongst themselves & pride themselves in their ability within the parameters & limitations of geography, school systems, etc.
People are clamoring to see LV run against upper classification school systems. That´s what INVITATIONALS are for! Classifications are based on school populations.
If you really care about REAL fairness & equality, give Loudoun County--the richest county in the country--money to the impoverished portions of the state (read: south western Virginia or Tidewater area). How good could some of these smaller schools as a whole be with a good track to train on, class offerings to prepare them for college, businesses/jobs to employee their parents, etc?
I can tell you that I teach & coach in rural Virginia & there´s a brutality of life that transcends the sport of track. Students will no access to health services, no job opportunities for their parents, an aura of low expectations for their lives. It´s tough.
Here´s two running stories to put things in perspective:
1.) I have runners who share spikes in track season. Kid runs the 1600, lends his spikes to his friend to run the 800, who then returns them so the kid can run the 3200, who shares them a second time for the 4X4. Oh, in small schools, you are expected to run multiple events at every meet. There´s no specializing.
2.) My team never stops after meets to eat. Pasta parties are small gatherings where runners skip because they don´t have any food at home to bring. I remember early in my coaching career catching an athlete running really slowly on her run. I yelled at her for sandbagging. She told me how there´s no extra food in her house to support her training. Sobering moment in coaching.
So, before you destroy the VHSL to see Loudoun Valley race some other NOVA school, I urge you to think about the bigger picture of life. Is the VHSL perfect? Nope. But, it´s not that bad. You probably don´t realize how big of a difference 100 students are between two school systems until you take a look at these smaller school systems. I´ve seen it for years now. While 100 students might not seem like a lot, but it can be the difference between having a #5 on your XC team & your team getting knocked out of the championship season. Small school systems 3A, 2A, 1A struggle to field teams. Often, there´s no JV teams. Thereś, hopefully, enough bodies to put into track events.