The NCAA XC is a great event and I wish it would have a greater audience. Nevertheless, the vast majority of college teams have no shot at ever being in it. And in college T&F, there is sadly not much team competition for various reasons discussed on this board in recent years. A handful of colleges each bring a handful of athletes to one meet a year to win a men’s or women’s title.

As to the high schools, the spectator interest at state XC meets is far more significant and important regarding team competition than the NXN meet. I bet that the spectators at fifty state high school XC meets is greater than the total spectators for all of college XC. In short, the sport needs to build spectator interest wherever it can find it.