28 Jul '16, 11am

This Fall, High School Girls in Most States Will Race Same Distance as Boys

This Fall, High School Girls in Most States Will Race Same Distance as Boys

Alex Aldaco, who runs the web site TXRunning.com, wrote in an email to Runner’s World that proposals to change the distance to 5,000 meters for all girls in Texas have been voted down because small schools fear that they wouldn’t be able to field teams if the change was made. Small schools tend to have smaller rosters, with many girls running cross country to get in shape for other sports. Coaches fear that if the distance were increased to 5,000 meters, participation numbers would drop and they wouldn’t consistently have the five girls needed to field a scoring team. Smaller schools are also more likely to have seventh- and eighth-graders running varsity, and some coaches believe younger runners are better off racing shorter distances until they get to ninth grade. As recently as the 2013 cross country season, there were still nine states—Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesot...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/high-school/this-fall-high-sc...

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