I just published Jonathan Gault's latest Throwback Thursday piece and this week he takes a look at the 2008 NCAA xc meet where Galen Rupp led the Oregon men to the win. 2008 was the last time an American man won the individual title and the last time Oregon won the men's team title. Near the end of the piece, he points out how loaded that team was in terms of future accomplishments.
Their #1 guy (Rupp) is a two-time Olympic medalist and one of the greatest US distance runners ever.
Their #2 guy (Puskedra) ran 2:10 for the marathon.
Their #3 guy (Shadrack Biwott) ran 2:12 for the marathon and has three top-5 finishes at World Marathon Majors.
Their #4 guy (Centrowitz) is the Olympic 1500 champion.
And their #7 guy (Andrew Wheating) is a two-time Olympian who ran 3:30 for 1500.
Historians, any other teams have better lineups? Wisco? Utep? Stanford?https://www.letsrun.com/news/2020/05/i-was-bored-so-i-watched-the-2008-ncaa-cross-country-championships/