I am fairly certain that I am not the only coach that feels this way but I hope that the Stanford Invitational will go to a rotating schedule starting next year. As it stands now, the schedule has the Division IV races first followed by the college races, Division I, Seeded, Division II, Division III and Division V.
I sent an email to the meet directors which you can see below that includes my suggestion for an improved schedule. I would also be supportive of them moving the seeded races to 9am, follow with college races and then rotate all the other divisions.
If you agree or disagree, feel free to comment below. If you have a better idea, feel free to email the meet director. His email address can be found at this LINK.
Here is the email I sent.
Thanks again for another successful Stanford Invitational. I was there from the first to last race and everything went off without a hitch.
I am emailing to share my thoughts on the current schedule which has been the same for at least the past 5 years. I coach at a Division V school and every year we compete in the last two races (3pm and 3:30pm). Before the schedule was changed (I believe when coach Miltenberg was hired) we used to have the first two races every year (9am and 9:30am). I certainly have been able to experience the best conditions (1st two races) and toughest conditions (last two races).
I believe that in fairness to all competing schools, my suggestion is to leave the college races where they are and move up the seeded races to follow the college races. That way, those four races get the best conditions regardless of how warm it is on that day. From my own experience, it's usually quite hot on the last Saturday in September. The rest of the divisions can be rotated yearly so that no division gets the worst conditions every year. This year the order was 4, college, 1, seeded, 2, 3, 5. That would mean next year, you can have the schedule as 1, college, seeded, 2, 3, 5, 4. The following year, 2, college, seeded, 3, 5, 4, 1. And so on.
The Clovis Invitational and the CA state meets both rotate their schedule and it works out very well. You have a top notch prestigious meet which will always attract many teams no matter the schedule. However, I think a rotating schedule would be very well received and an improvement from the current one.
Anyways, that is my 2 cents worth. Thank you for reading.