Forgive the double post here, and I hate to be a cheer leader for Bates, but your statement that "no one gives a shit if you have a bunch of 4:13-4:17 guys" merits a response. Of course people should give a shit if you have a bunch of 4:13-4:17 guys! Especially when those guys include a 5th place XC finisher, two veterans of last year's 3rd placing DMR, and a 1:51 800m guy. Mostly, though, I'm just pissed that you blew off Bates and then say "tufts should be solid." Tufts should always be solid, but they're pretty much consummate choke artists.
no bowdoin entered. bates has some solid depth, but noone gives a shit if you have a bunch of 4:13-4:17 guys. haverford looks to be the class of the field with 4:10 4:07 on either end, tufts should be solid, some of the dII schools will contend for the win (umass lowell and AIC). will kyle hannan run 4:09 or 4:39?
You're correct that Tufts has had better individual performances than Bates. Norton, Black and Marvel's times are obviously faster than anything LePage, Stansel, Hannan, or anybody else has put forth this season. That being said, none of those guys have the range that the Bates guys have. I don't know much about Black, but I can't find any evidence that he'd hold up in an event longer than 800m. Marvel's got a pretty fast 1500 PR, but he doesn't seem to have run it much and his one mile of this season isn't very encouraging. Finally, Norton's 4:10 mile is pretty fast, as is his 3k, but his next best mile is a 4:18. With the exception of Marvel, most of those guys have one or two performances of note and that's it. Unless they PR or come very close to it, I think Bates certainly has the edge over them.
fair point that tufts drops the ball every chance they get, but they've shown more this year than bates has, i'll take 4:10 and a pair of 1:53s over 4:13/1:55, though lepage should run with/beat marvel in the 1200, I think tufts looks stronger on the back end. marvel has been consistent in the past, dont know anything about the other two guys.
Yes, the meet is very competitive this year because of the recently changed banked track conversions for D3
Hannan entered in the 3k at Valentines.
Is this thread about the "Cupid Challenge" listed on their schedule? What kind of meet is this with BU the same weekend?