Good thing they took it easy this weekend. When Cincinnati places in the top three at nationals, they'll look back on this day and realize the extra rest was what propelled them to the podium.
What's the point of college cross country anymore? Even B-level teams (is Cincinnati even that?) are scared to actually make an effort. If running an 5k in September is going to ruin your entire fall, you've got problems that jogging a 21:10 won't solve.
Just cancel the whole season. Have a regional meet, then a national meet. And some teams will still probably jog through regionals. Maybe just send judges out to practices and award a champion that way?