Newport Richie wrote:
At XC States, Cuffe 17:19.6 while Cain got 18:42.7.
Yes, and when Bob Kennedy became the first American to break 13:00 for 5,000, Rupp probably couldn't break seven minutes for a single mile.
You do realize that high-school cross-country in New York State was over about seven months ago and that freshmen runners can improve a great deal in seven months, right?[/quote]
And were we saying Rupp was better than Kennedy then? No. But we're comparing Cain to Cuffe now, even though Cuffe is much older than Cain. As much as Cain has improved in these 7 months, it's highly unlike that it's enough to have her break 18:00, much less 17:20. You do realize that, right?
And that has hardly anything to do with my point. My point is that Cuffe has far better endurance and that's why if Cuffe can only break 10 by a few seconds, then Cain hardly has a chance to break 10.