Trying to play armchair coach and to figure out how they score the most points at NCAAs.
Refresher: Brian Fay and Keiran Lumb are both sub-13:20 5K runners with consistency at getting All-American honors and placing high in big fields. Luke Houser, Joe Waksom, and Nathan Green are running great mile times. Cass Elliott is an 800 guy who ran 1:47. Houser placed in the 40s in the NCAAs cross-country, so I'd probably try him out in the 3K.
For DMR, I'd run Fay in the mile leg, Cass at 800 and Waksom (who ran 2:18 in the 1000) in the 1200 leg. Fay can be in the 3K the next day. I think any of the top 5 would be within at least 2 seconds ahead of the rest of the field but Fay and Lumb are the most consistent.
I'd put Lumb, Nathan Green, and Waksom in the mile.
I also am wondering how easy it is to win the DMR if I put say their #3 or 4 guy like Houser and Green in the mile leg since they seem at least 4 or 5 seconds ahead of the competition on paper.
I think maybe Georgeotwn, Texas, Olahoma State, Iowa State, and Stanford can challenge, but I also think Stanford is going to put their three main guys on long distances and that just leaves a 3:57 miler.