Okay, I don't want to be mean by taking a shot at them, because a lot of the guys on their distance team are really nice people, but St. Thomas is pretty terrible at developing male distance athletes as of late.
They bring in so much talent, and then they sort of just simmer there. Most (obviously not all) make only slight improvements on their high school performances or are hurt off-and-on all four years and it prevents them from reaching their potential. It is really frustrating to watch, even from a competitor's standpoint. You obviously don't want to lose, but you also want everyone to get the best out of themselves.
That is not to say that they are the only team that doesn't struggle with developing athletes, though. Plenty of others do. It is just that with the athletes and resources they have, they should be a perennial powerhouse in the conference and a routine national qualifying team in cross country.
I obviously have no idea what their team training is like, but I personally think it is the atmosphere and culture of the team. They routinely compete with each other in practice to the point of it hurting their progress. Many either burn out (sorry for the call-out, but Trevor Smith), or are hurt (Burbak, Hestad). It is tough to watch and it doesn't look fun.