Sounds like Coach Tucker’s effort was successful and the NFHS changed their rules about how a course is measured. If someone has a new NFHS Track and Field Rule Book (which is not available for online download except to State Associations), please confirm.
The IHSA didn’t have much choice but to go along, as they are NFHS signatories. I can’t imagine the IHSA was a big proponent of this.
So, the question is:
Does the IHSA lengthen the Detweiller course by the approximately 40 meters that, if you measure it using the shortest possible route, it is short of three miles, or
Do they represent the course as being the length that it is along the shortest possible route, and stop contending that it’s a three mile course?
The audience remains riveted.