Is there not an individual champs competition? The event page suggests it is only for teams...
In the past they have given some individual medals as well. But certainly the focus is on the teams.
The page says that individuals can run the courses, but they won't count in the championships. So, if an individual was a student, say the only one from his/her school, and had the fastest time, he/she would get nothing?
Take that up with Ken if you're really concerned about it. I think it's just poor phrasing. In the past, solo kids (eg Aidan) have gotten individual awards.
Medals for top teams, Ribbons for individual performances - for students only.