Here we go again.
Here is the “counter-argument”. First, the course has not changed in the 3 years i have personally watched the race (sorry I missed you there @westharrier). There really isnt any way to make the course longer or shorter, as it is locked in by parking lots, a utility road with a tree line boardering it, a baseball diamond and a track. Unless they moved the fences in or shorten the track, or removed student parking, there is no way to chamge it. For the record, i would reverse the course to make the athletes run up the hill twice, to compensate for the “fast track”. The past 2 years it has been a wind tunnel there, this year fairly calm.
Second, both runners mentioned here have history at this track. In 2014, both set significant PRs at Chocolate City, only to run lower than this time at The Ridges. Again in 2015, both set new Course records at this track, and once again Meghan Ran faster at the Ridges, and Nate wasnt too far off, given the Muddy conditions at The Ridges, kind of surprising. If you look at the progression of both runners the last 3 years, this time and meet are not abnormal.
I heard thru the grapevine that Meghan turned the 1st 800 in 2:25, then outran the next opponent (a 1st team all state runner 2 years ago) by a full minute. Nate turned the 1st mile in 4:45.
And yes from my own eyes, they both went to the well.
So, in conclusion, maybe The Ridges in Rapids is a short course!