Troy MIT Results:
Air Trajectory - 4
Bridge Building - 4
Bungee Drop - 3
Compound - 6
It's about Time - 1
Mission Possible - 35 (maybe, if someone from Troy could confirm, the brought a worse device, or it just screwed up)
Scrambler - 19 (Likely due to their error in reaching the desired point)
Wright Stuff - 20 (Multitude of reasons could explain this)
Troy did well in all of their events that had some building portion and lost to both LASA (hasn't been to nationals in two years and traveled a far distance as well and Solon)
I don't completely understand how distance should affect that much, seeing how nationals is in a different location each year that many teams have to fly to. Secondly, Seven Lakes won Wright State last year and LASA has won both Wright State and MIT this year so what are you trying to say about distance?
Acton Boxborough did extremely well. They placed two teams in many of the events at MIT and placed overall 4 and 6. That leads me to believe that they had split their people among the two teams and, therefore, when "stacked," they will do very, very well.
So, I know I'm attacking your logic, but assuming I don't know the distance was a comment seemed to belittle me so I had to respond. Please let me know why you believe distance is such a big factor so that I can understand better.