Do you get your nickname b/c your last name sounds like “Bueller”?
I agree that it seems ridiculous that that many people went out that fast. It makes more sense in a CC or trail race, where positioning is important, but not in a road race. I can also understand if it was a downhill 1st mile, since 20 or so years ago I ran the 1st mile at Al’s run in something like 4:48!! (Finished around 27:30). I, like most people, run best when I do even or negative splits. I’m really good at it in workouts, but not always so in races. Adrenelin does sometimes get the best of people.
Congrats again on a very nice race!