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rojo
RE: What's the lowest the top American at NCAA XC has ever finished?

Seems like so wrote:

That's what it is looking like. But it's sometimes hard to tell.

Take Ben Hubers for example. A 13:40 guy who ran high school track in Georgia and recently competed at Indiana. He's Canadian and ran in the Olympic Trials for Canada, but has been in the United States for a long time. Certainly he has been here longer than the "American" Girma Mechesco. Without knowing everyone's individual story, it is really hard to tell if they identify as American or not.


Not sure what you are saying. Are you saying that a guy who ran for Canada in the Olympic Trials is more American than an American citizen who ran in the US Olympic Trials like Mecheso simply because Mecheso was born in Africa?

That is ridiculous if it's what you are saying.

Most immigrants have remarkable stories.

I suggest you read a 4-part series on Mecheso/Manilafasha:

http://www.stwnewspress.com/osusports/x546372740/A-refugees-story-Theres-no-time

http://www.stwnewspress.com/osusports/x546372770/A-refugee-s-story-The-longest-day

http://www.stwnewspress.com/osusports/x546372884/A-refugee-s-story-The-way-out

http://www.stwnewspress.com/sports/x546372844/A-refugee-s-story-Making-the-change

Why can't people grow and brain and celebrate all the amazing stories we have in running? The African, the immigrant, the white, the black, the Hispanic?

The world is a melting point - so is the world of running. One of the appeals of the sport to me is that it's universal and basic.

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