Yes, it generally is more accurate. The GPS watches have minimum movement changes and typically are long on courses that involve many switchbacks. If it is long and straight with few sharp turns, they are usually pretty close.I guess we'll see as the season goes on. I think that a wheel properly used is more accurate than a GPS watch.
Course was wheel measured several times by the rulebook guidelines with a calibrated wheel. Very flat, grass cut very short, long straightaways, fewest amount of turns of any race, great competition and most importantly...perfect temperatures.Possibly a short course? Only two of the top 25 runners in the Boys' Varsity 1 race did not PR. In the Boys Varsity 2 race only 7 of the top 25 did not PR. I know that the weather was nice yesterday,and the footing was good, but I doubt most of those runners match those times again this season.