A few thoughts, as I am a huge fan of John McDonnell, and I was at the meet yesterday.
1. Arkansas is not who it once was, but I don't believe that it ever will be as long as John McDonnell is not running the program. If you've read his biography, he did what he wanted, he outworked everyone, and had great intuition on how to train and lead young men. We'll probably never see someone as brilliant as he was.
2. Colorado School of Mines is ridiculously good. They had probably 12 guys out there racing yesterday and probably 9-10 of them were ~5:00/mile pace or faster for 10km. This might not be impressive for D1 schools; but for a Division II school to have that many guys running that well for 10km is pretty impressive.
3. Why are all of these great meets on the same weekend. I attended Chile Pepper in 2005 (or was it 2006?) and I remember seeing schools from all over the country. East coast, west coast, northern schools, southern schools, etc. This year, on the same weekend, you had Chile Pepper, Oklahoma State Jamboree, Notre Dame, Paul Short, Louisville, Dellinger, etc.
Was a decent morning for running in Arkansas. Hope everyone that was there ran well!