Interesting discussion on the subject course on the Let's Run boards.
An apparent "national record" for high school boys was recently set on this course, and immediately the speculation was that the course is short. The race organizers claim that the course was properly measured, but won't say exactly how.
As usual, the course was designed to be fast- fairly flat and without sharp turns- and the conditions were conducive to fast times.
USATF established the course certification program so that all courses would be measured the same way and road racing records could be kept.
In cross-country, the attitude for many years has been that courses are so different that only course records could be set and honored. That, of course, did not stop participants, coaches, and fans from trying to compare performances on different courses. Now we have stakeholders in the sport claiming "national records" although nobody is really sure how long the course was, on what line it was measured, and with what.
David Katz is among the commenters. Seems NFHS could benefit from some of the experience a lot of us have amassed over the last forty years.