You can't fault Derrick or Riley at all, because they did exactly what they were supposed to do (or more, in Riley's case). Derrick was clearly not going for the win, but just running with Riley to maximize the team results. He surely would have been up with Puskedra and probably challenging Chelanga and Sambu if he had not been running conservatively.
It seems to me that two guys seriously underperformed for Stanford, Heath, who is a great miler, and Unterreiner, who Dunn mentioned as their number four guy. Subtract about 100 pts for those two guys underperforming, I think, and Stanford could have risen to second. I don't know what happened to Heath, but this was the first time all season he couldn't stick with Riley and Derrick. Regardless, OK State was head and shoulders above the field and are as close to a sure thing for the threepeat next year as it gets, with no one graduating and two freshman among the top seven. That was a solid result for Fernandez, as he was able to stick with Mecheso and Lowe, he wasn't all out, this was by far his best xc result so far, and he was right around his expected finish his freshman year until the injury. I expect big things from Fernandez in outdoor track if he is 100 percent now.