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RE: Girl qualifies for Footlocker Nationals... declines invitation
it is not unusual for distance runners to qualify for what would be the biggest event of their life, then decline to take part.
look at the USA runners who qualified for world xc and turned down the invitation to take part, not because they are injured, but because there is a low key race they would prefer to compete in.
example the new york 8k and or the jacksonville 15k both races are about the same time as world xc.
and because of some of our runners lack of competitive heart they pick the race where they are the big fish in a small pond rather than compete with the big boys.
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