Obvious why wrote:
They are trying to defeat Footlocker by allowing the top runners to run NXN without qualifying. This is a dangerous policy because a top kid could merely call Nike to express interest and notify them that he/she will be training through the qualifier and not competing but would like to compete at nationals.
Footlocker already has the edge here as they only allow and have only ever allowed regional top 10 to qualify to race.
In fact they only allowed 8 for quite a long time.
Allowing for 5 individuals to qualify who didn’t necessarily run the NXR race means one thing: all the kids who want a shot at making it without doing NXR better be Twitter friends with Rich Gonzales.
I thought the whole point of NXN was that it was team nationals. They are now accepting 25% more individual qualifiers than Footlocker does. It’s not adding to the quality of the race either. It simply makes for a course that gets that much more chewed up for most of the runners there as teams.
I’m neither for or against this, but Footlocker continues to be stagnant and Nike is pulling further ahead for better or worse.