Make no mistake I know Chris Derrick is an awesome talent; however, his mindset leaves a lot of questions. All season long the team knew how strong their 4-6 runners were and despite the rankings they knew the chances of winning a NCAA title weren't as strong as their ranking.
Chris Derrick and his coach knew afte 3km that they were basically out of the team title as they weren't even in the top 5 team wise and had over 250 pts at 3km. At the 5km they weren't in much better shape. My thing is that Chris Derrick had the ability to be top 2 or 3 this year; however, he didn't make any attempt despite his team flatlining early in the race.
Chris Derrick is using his the excuse of running for his team instead of pushing himself to the limit to try and win an individual title.
Chris Derrick had about as much chance (very slim) of winning the individual title as Stanford had of winning the team title (NONE) in my opinion.