I say that Tuohy doesn't "need" to go answer the FL thing. She does not "need" the super hype that will surround that.
What if she does super well. What if she does average. What if she does not do well. All three are not necessarily good. She needs this even less in her Soph year.
I can certainly see Pezzementi with a 120 to 125 speed rating in the next month (now 111). I can also see Fagelman (or the other freshman) at a speed rating of at least 115 (now 108). That would be a very strong #5 (almost as strong as Liverpool's #5). It could be enough to push them ahead of FM and Saratoga. They have 3 weeks to figure this out.
Right now NR is better than the #1 team in the northeast (Champlain). It would be a shame if they did not at least participate at NXR.
Please don't misunderstand me. I don't think there's any reason why Tuohy HAS to run Footlocker, and she certainly doesn't have to prove anything to anyone.
I'm just working under the paradigm they've laid out for her all year, and I think it's silly to not have her do Footlocker this year with a team that might 'sneak in' to NXN, as opposed to next year when they might have five 130 plus athletes and have a shot at maybe winning NXN, if that's their plan.