Looking at men's results only it is apparant that the early years weren't as strong as the last 10 years. Early on an average year had 4 footlocker finalists go on to become NCAA ALL-Americans while a good year had 9. Lately 8-10 most years do.
As far as NAME runners I'm assuming you are talking about Olympians only, or at least NCAA champs. Plenty of them on the men's side.
Looking at the era I competed, I recognize several names of guys who were NCAA D1 top finishers in track. Names like Gawain Guy, Greg Whitely, John Easker, Keith Hanson, Mark Coogan, Tom Ansberry, Scott Fry, Kevin King, Tim Hacker, John Scherer, Mark Smith, Jeff Atkinson, Bill Taylor, Gavin Gaynor, Joe Falcon, Scott Jenkins...
These are names that competed 1979-84. Today they might not me considered "name" runners, but if you ran in the mid 1980's you knew who they were because these were the guys in the top 4 at NCAA's or top 8 at US Nationals and OLympic Trials distance events. Out of that group I count 5 NCAA Champions and 2 Olympians (Coogan and Atkinson). Andd Doodlebug didn't even mention any of these except for Falcon.