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According to that article, the two largest classes in Texas are running 5K, while the smaller classes are sticking with 3200 for the reason you mention. Apparently, there is some interest in doing similar in Nebraska, though it would require a rule change to allow different distances for different divisions. I understand that argument, especially at very small schools without a coach who is fully invested in running. However, I think it's a shame that the girls aren't given the chance. Why can they manage to get the boys at those small schools out but not the girls?
I do think the NCAA should move to a standard distance, also. In a way, I'd love to see that distance be 8K but that's a whole different story. I just don't think it's right that HS girls and collegiate women are not allowed to run the same distance as their male counterparts.