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RE: What F-M coach Bill Aris knows that no one else knows...
No denying F-M is successful.
It's is unfair to blame a high school coach for a lack of college results. Kids from programs like F-M quit running in college because when you run a ton of miles in high school and run 4:50 in the girl's mile you get a lot of attention. Once you get to college 4:50 is suddenly very ho-hum at the conference level, and when your mileage jumps from 55 a week to 65 a week you are not going to see the same level of improvement that the 5:10 miler who ran 35 miles a week will.
If most high mileage athletes would stick with it they would probably be average to above average Division I runners, which is really all a high school program can hope for for their alumni. A lot of women who do the training that F-M and most colleges do can run sub 4:50. Not nearly as many women, regardless of high school background can run sub 4:30.
Get kids to buy in and have a reasonable coaching model and they will run well. The first part of that statement is hard to do at the high school level.
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