In my view, pace per k is not the best way to measure performance since it can vary so much from one terrain to the next.
Hickory Run is a particularly slow terrain due to the vegetation cutting down the visibility and the runnability. There are some training courses I've done where I struggle to run faster than 10 min/k.
For performance I prefer to look at the runner's pace compared to the winning time and other competitors and the total error time calculated by Attackpoint or Winsplits.
Red might be too much of a jump, but green would certainly be manageable for you.
At any rate, I'm not coaching the West Point team and they have their system. So you'll have to run under 10 min/k. That's very possible at Pond Mountain where the vegetation is much more friendly. But remember to make accurate navigation a higher priority than all out running.
Absoltuely, you bring up some good points. I'll keep that in mind and focus on the technical aspects for now.