Probably the most egregious example is: For the men, no one under 13:20, only 1 person under 13:25. There was maybe two fast 5K races the whole year: The week after XC ended and the one race where Charles Hicks and Patrick Kiprop got close to 13:20 and they were both indoors.
I was kind of excited for a little while that college running was getting really cut throat, and the talent is still there, but I think they're just racing more strategically and there's no incentive at any point to ever run a fast PR. I'm kind of one of the people in my general vicinity who even finds people running around a track over and over entertaining, and it's less fun when I know that at no point over a 2-3 month season no one is running to their fullest potential. I think in the 3K Steeple, 800, and 1500 people have been arriving a little closer to it (I'm not as good w/1500 and mile conversions)
Would I enjoy basketball if they were resting their starters more? Would I enjoy skiing if they weren't attacking the race course every time? would I enjoy the X games if they were playing it safe? It's like that. Would the diamond league be exciting if people were running slower times but still getting wins?