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In theory, it would be nice if all could and would. Practically speaking, at least in Texas, there is absolutely a strong perception that going up to 5K (from 2 mi, I believe) would hurt participation among smaller schools. Texas is a place where cc is often (esp. at smaller schools) coached by someone who is coaching at least one other sport and is teaching in the classroom, to boot. Recruiting for the cc team (perhaps the least popular of h.s. sports, at least in terms of perception) becomes yet another task to add to that teacher/coach's plate, which entails selling kids on the appeal of doing workouts and races in Texas in the heat and humidity of August, September, and October. So often the team at a small school will be comprised significantly of off-season basketball players and the like. Bear in mind the size of Texas and that there are five competition classes (well, six or seven in football) so the UIL oversees a large number of schools with student bodies ranging from dozens to thousands in size. I am aware that there has been a movement to shift the largest classes (5A, 4A, 3A) to 5K while leaving the smaller classes (2A, 1A) as is. The topic came up in a post (and comment discussion) on Jay Johnson's blog about last fall's NCAA meet (where men run 10K and women run 6K), plus in a RT article that was published about that time.