That statement means nothing. Just because there are a few good runners, that does not make it a strong conference. Look at the Big 12 from 2001-2013. It was WAY stronger from 1-8. It is not even close. There are definitely a few really good runners like Noelle, Errassa, Lutz and Kemboi but no depth at all.
Their splits were 82-64-60-38 (last 300m).
No one wanted to lead because of the extreme wind and it was hot.
Munsch took over at 200 after a 50 second first 200 then Noelle took the lead at 600 to go and kept going quicker till the finish.
The PRs of athletes in this conference for 1500m are 3:38, 3:39, 3:41, 3:42, 3:43, 3:43, 3:44. It is not the absolute deepest conference but it's no slouches either.
Who would guess that a guy with a 4:05 1500m, closing in 53, could run 3:38 (or likely better)? What could he run the last 400m in, say, a 4:40 race, or a 6:00 race? Likely not that much faster. Alternatively, what would be the fastest race in which he could close under 55?