There are easily 40 high schools in Japan that can field boys teams with at least five athletes who have run sub-15 minutes for 5,000 meters. Some of them won’t race on Dec. 25 because they are the second-or third-best teams in their prefecture. By the middle of fall, the national list included 350 sub-15 minute boys and rising. By year’s end the number typically nears 600. -espn trackHS track & xc
MY COMMENT: Amazing! I am curious why we aren't seeing more depth from the Japanese at the world class level.