Moran is pretty legit. Dude has run sub 27:52. Bauhs has run 27:48.
Rupp, rightly so, can't take those guys lightly. Although I'm sure he believes, just like the rest of us, that he is in a different class, he is going to do what he needs to do to give himself the best chance to win.
Just like Moran and co will do what they need to do to give them the best chance to win.
I can just as easily say why didn't Carney and Smyth and Moran slow it down even more, giving them as equal a shot to kick in a 55 for the last lap as Rupp?
If I was in that race, I wouldn't want Rupp to lead... because he could grind us all into the ground and wind by an obscene margin if he really wanted to. At least he left some hope that he would be beaten in that last 400.
If I was in that race, I would want to keep him boxed in, run 5:10 pace or something absurd for as long as I could, and then make it into an 800 meter race. At that point, a number of those guys should be able to close in 1:55 (off of 5:10 pace). Other then Moran, none of those guys looked ready to race at an elite level. It really was a big disappointment.