All four British and Australian scorers finished before the 2nd USA runner. With all due respect to the USA teams (who are undoubtedly awesome runners on track and road), it is not surprising they bombed on this course as America just does not have a strong tradition of proper cross country. Across Europe, XC is a major part of the racing calendar and takes place on really tough, muddy, hilly courses under all conditions - torrential rain, snow, storms, you name it. XC is massive in East Africa too, with athletes competing over really challenging courses from an early age. The USA's manicured mostly flat gold courses really don't compare with the training effect - mentally or physically. And that really came across today. If America wants to be world class at cross country, they need to start setting proper cross country courses on their domestic racing circuit.