Rojo, you really think the the toughness of the VCP course is overrated? Look at the times! It runs a good 30-45 seconds slower despite the fact that things tend to get more tactical at Princeton. The back hills put you in a world of pain within the first 5k, whereas the first 5k of Princeton feels like a tempo. I really do think the Columbia men have a nice advantage from training in the park, but I still think there #4 and #5 are going to hurt them. If they are relying on freshmen with good high school mile/two-mile times they are taking a huge risk.
I think Dartmouth is going to put 8 guys in front of Columbia's #5. Thats how many guys they have that have been consistently cranking 100+ mile weeks for at least a year (some for over two years now). And those miles are not stopping at crosswalks in Manhattan. We are talking about hills twice the size of Cemetery that they climb every day. Beantown was good but the truth is we haven't seen what the Big Green are capable of when they are tapered and fresh. Apparently they had two guys fall at Wisconsin and one lose a shoe so that is not the race to judge them by. They will dominate the last 3k and bring the trophy back to Hanover!