A coach at the clinic mentioned that numbers in girls CC have been down a bit over the past four years. He seemed to think the move up to 5k was the reason. Is there anyone who wants to go back to 4k? If so, what are the other arguments for going back?
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I remember the comment at the clinic, and the first question that popped into my head was: What have the numbers done for boys participation in cross country? Is this a trend across the sport or was the decrease in participation only seen in girls cross country? If the sport was down across the state in both genders we can throw out the idea that the 5k is causing a decrease in participation. As for me I cannot conceive of a good reason to go back to 4k.