Can't argue the results wrote:
The difference between the two lists is eye-opening. Kinney/Footlocker really was THE indicator of who'd be winning NCAA titles / be numerous-time All-American, and likely be representing the USA in international competition.
NXN did not invite individuals until 2009 I think. Their momentum on the individual side took a few years to gather.
I also think the the emphasis in your statement should be WAS as in "Footlocker really WAS the indicator of who'd be winning"..... The last several years NXN seems to be getting the best hs runners. How they will do in NCAA etc remains to be seen.