It spreads very limited resources incredibly thin and hurts the sport on our soil profoundly. It is ridiculous that there are so few world class level meets on this continent before the Olympic Trials. There should be at least one per weekend, even if they are just event-centric meets (distance carnivals in places like Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, and Portland, throws, sprints and jumps just about anywhere warm). Where are top athletes supposed to get Olympic qualifying marks if they were unable to peak well in April? The NCAA meets? The Pre and Adidas GP meets, which omit many events that are on the Olympic schedule like the steeple and the 10,000m? I am friends with a Dutch distance runner who is based here and who came down with a bug on her way to Mt. SAC which stayed with her through Payton Jordan, scuttling her ability to run the 5000m mark she needed. She has to wait until the European season gets going to chase a mark and will have to add a much longer trip overseas to her schedule.