I would say that the answer is yes, men and women should run the same distance. After reading some of the comments from elite women, I am not certain that in every case women should adopt the men’s distance. It’s cross country. I am not even certain that the distance needs to be standard. Why not let geography rather than round numbers dictate the course length. If a great course measures 7.6K, run that. If the meet is hosted somewhere else next year and the course measures 9.2K, great! So long as all of the competitors run the same course and the same distance, it can be a great race. Perhaps just have a distance range as a guideline and let meet organizers set up a great course.