Carl the greens keeper wrote:
Michigan is a great State for Cross Country and Grant is outstanding but do not get too excited about times. West Michigan has a group of coaches that do everything in their power to create "speed courses". For this group it is all about times and very little to do with competition. Short courses are the norm.
That seems to be the trend these days. Coaches seem to want their kids hitting "Prs" in cross country these days and hard courses at the high school level are avoided.
I don't know about the Portage Course in Michigan but I have noticed the trend of manipulating high school cross country major meet courses in making them faster the last 30 years.