Sally Vix wrote:
Any one suggesting that she is getting 100 or 200K annually is nuts. She was a fine NCAA runner in a week NCAA field. Her steeple PR is about 45 seconds slower than the World Record. A comparable male NCAA steepler with a 45-second differential would have a PR of about 8:38 PR. That is a fine collegiate time but 38 seconds slower than Jager. Is any professional group going to pay an NCAA male steepler who turns pro $100 or $200K a year when his PR is about 8:38 and 38 seconds slower than the top American runner? Seriously? Someone said $100K for 3 years which I could find believable. She may not be a world beater but seems very likeable and kind of an underdog runner because of her small stature.
Your numbers are way off. Allie is the 21st ranked steepler in the world on the women's side. The equivalent man runs an 8:20 steeple.
Even by your own logic, one could only get to 8:33 male equivalent (given that women run 11% slower than men). Of course that number is way too high because it assumes that the womens steeplechase is as deep as the mens steeplechase. Of course it isn't though.
I agree with you about the money though, even an 8:20 male steepler (the equivalent male to what Allie runs) wouldn't make 100k per year probably.