[quote]undergrad senior wrote:
What do you guys think about grad students in NIRCA? There are a handful of guys who place year after year who were starting their D1 undergraduate careers when I was entering 5th grade, years before I even knew what XC was.
it's one thing when grad students are out there running 27, 28 minutes. it does irk me a little to see them running 25 or faster though for 8k.
what bothers me more is those who used up their NCAA eligibility and then join the NIRCA team because they haven't graduated yet.[/quote]
This. I'm a grad student and currently competing on a NIRCA team. I did 5 years of NIRCA at my previous school from 2009-2013 seasons. Haven't been at nationals since then despite being grad school, but now that I'm back in NIRCA-competitive shape running sub 26's my entire team is pressuring me into going to nationals. I have absolutely zero desire though as a 25 year old that already did 5 years at NIRCA, to keep going back. I personally think it's unfair. Plus undergraduates on the team will enjoy the trip a lot more than I will.