Air Force, Butler, Washington, BYU, Virginia, UNC, Syracuse, Georgetown, E Ky, Iowa St, Michigan, NAU, Charlotte (who has one potential threat to win in Scuder, not much of a team), Colorado, and of course UVA
1. If everyone comes out to play, this field looks more loaded than any race last year with the exception of the Cowboy Jamboree and the Nuttycombe. Will BYU and NAU bring their full squads? What does this mean for how good the field is at pre-nats if so many good schools are coming this week? Will Casey Clinger run most of the races?
2. I have a feeling this could be the best freshman class maybe ever? Kole Mathison at Colorado, Lex and Leo Young at Stanford, Tyler Goenze at Washington, Simeon Birnbaum and Connor Burns at Oregon, Rocky Hansen at Wake Forest could all be All-American with relative ease this year. As far as I remember, no one in the past two seasons except Parker Wolfe held that distinction despite some pretty big hype for Colin Sahlman and Gary Martin. How long until they start making an impact and how high will they go?
(also if I spell things wrong, whatever)
3. How much will the milers at Washington care about XC? Nathan Green practically admitted last year that he doesn't care and does low mileage year-round. Luke Houser had a relatively decent season considering his ability. Joe Waksom is an insane miler (somewhere in the range of #3-4 all-time in the 1500 and mile), will he contribute in a meaningful way to XC?
4. Is it possible people are overestimating Syracuse? No one on their team seems to be that much of a low stick nor did they have a thin spread at races last year. They advanced out of the weakest regional in the country