The only way he would beat him is if Hunter had a terrible fall , was injured or terribly ill.
He doesn't have the tools to beat him as someone else said that he did.
He is 11 seconds slower at a mile and 21 seconds slower at the two mile coming into this year. Hunter is markedly improved as per his results.
Push that over 3.1 miles and it is even a bigger rout. If Hunter lost it would be an upset and something would have to be way off, his career has been managed masterfully, and he is an All Timer for sure. Maybe not in Cross but certainly on the track.