As someone under the age of 30 I have a couple of observations/questions:
-nowadays we see guys with similar PRs placing similarly to how these guys did at NCAAs. Were those 5k and 10k times more elite back then? I assume so because of the influx of rabbited races.
-the note about Spiker being a top 10 guy previously definitely changes things; just seeing his 3:42 PR, i assumed he was "just a miler" who was able to stretch it out for a solid NCAA xc finish.
-was bairu considered a favorite? his PRs at the time were very strong but maybe not win NCAA xc level.
-absolutely insane that matt withrow was also on this team
- what were the PRs of some of those colorado kids? it seems like it could have been even more of an outperformance on their part than a choke on wisco's part?
I think it's only fair if we add in the Colorado credentials. I have put them below (and will add them to post #1). I forgot I also had looked them up a few years ago. Also I added in their actual finish in the race and same for WIsconsin as the original placings were just their team placings which are a little misleading as to how well or not someone ran.
Colorado's 2004 Winning Team
Finish At NCAAs/PR At The Time/Eventual PR
4 (4). Brent Vaughn - So. 8:07/14:18 - 13:18
5 (5). Bret Schoolmeester- Jr. 13:50 - 13:39
21 (15). Jon Severy -Sr. 14:22?/30:18? - 14:10
44 (31). Stephen Pifer - Fr (redshirt) 8:04 - 13:33
49 (35). James Strang - Fr. 4:11/9:18 from HS - 13:44
80 (56). Jared Scott - Sr. 14:22?/30:18?
121 (91). Brad Harkrader - Fr 4:18/9:15 or 9:05 - 13:54
Read more: http://www.letsrun.com/2011/week-1201.php