...more importantly, if you are Connelly (who ran a 16:35!!! last week), what do you run? NXN or FL? If you run FL (and Tuohy runs NXN), then you have a chance to win. If you run NXN, you get to run against the best, but you will not win and may not even podium.
The Brown course is short and very fast, Connelly is not up with the top XC runners in this country.