I would like to know a runner you thought was extremely talented, and just decided to waste it?
For me, I met a football player in highschool who decided to run track his senior year. With just a month of training, he ran a 800 meter race in 1:53. Decided to pursue football in college.
When I was 12 I ran against a guy in the Essex County Champs 1500 called David Beckham, he ran about 5mins off no training. For some reason he gave up running to play football, what a loser!
There was this guy in my highschool, he was a year older,anyway he barely ever ran. He was a goalie for the highschool hockey team, and ran maybe 2-3 times a week for like 15 minutes, if that. He ended up placing top 30 in senior boys ofsaa cross country championships. (widely regarded as one of north america's most competitive highschool race(s)) Decided to play hockey-
probably could run 15:45-16:00 easily.
|wish i was him|
Not an outstanding time, but in my high school there was this kid that ONLY ran during practice and in the season. He got in about 20 miles per week if that. His cross time got down to 15:45. I still beat him but I trained my ass off all year to do it for four years in high school.
Amy Skierez... would have been better than SFH, probably could have been the equal of Deena (Drossin) Kastor... Mutiple NCAA titles and then retired. Not a total waste of talent, since she excelled in college, but most likely would have been world-class with a few years training.
Obea Moore... I don't need to elaborate, do I?
There was a kid I went to school with, when he was a freshman he always jacked around, smoked cigerettes and he was just a total douche. Well off running maybe 10 miles a week he ran a 9:47 at state as a freshman. The next fall he ran low 16's the beginning of the year and he still smoked and never ran, but then he dropped out of school half way through the season.
And my 8th grade year we 3 guys on our team that could run below 54, and one ran a 51. Well 2 of them didnt do track, one did soccer and the other got fat. Then the other kid ran track and ran a 51 his soph year, but them got fat from drinking.
Oscar Mendez ran 15:45 at Mt. SAC as a Freshmen (before they shortened the course). He ran 1:57 when he was 12 years old. He didn't run a full season after his sophmore year of high school.
Chris Nelloms. 13.30/20.47/45.36 and three World Jr golds needs no more explanation on how good he was. His first mistake was going to OSU and running for Russ Rogers -- RR NEVER ran Nelloms in either of his best events, the 400 or the hurdles. His mistakes after that were a bit more legendary.
A high school teammate got talked into the school blood drive two days before our league championships. On the first day he ran anchor on the 4x800 -- got the stick way back, went out in 49.9(!) and came back in 73, fell flat on his face at the finish line and spent the night in the hospital. He still managed 4:29 to win the mile on the second day.
I new a guy a highschool who took the winter off before his last track season. Early in the season he ran a 9:05 2 mile after eating a whole loaf of french bread shortly before the race. His splits were 4:40/4:25.
|Martin - x|
Might not Nellom's wasted talent be somehow related to the fact that he's a sick, twisted and *dangerous paedophile*?
NELLOMS' 4 LIFE TERMS REIMPOSED
Rob Modic DAYTON DAILY NEWS
24 June 2000
Dayton Daily News
No chance of parole for at least 40 years
DAYTON - Although a state appeals court threw out half the eight child-sex convictions of former track star Christopher R. Nelloms, his long road to freedom got no shorter Friday.
For the four remaining convictions, Judge John W. Kessler of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court reimposed four consecutive life sentences.
Nelloms, 28, must still wait 40 years to see a parole board, the same minimum required when he had eight convictions.
The four remaining convictions included three for rape of a child less than 13 and one for felonious sexual penetration of a child less than 13. All included specifications that force was used, requiring Kessler to order life prison sentences.
Each life prison term requires Nelloms to serve at least 10 years. He will not be eligible for parole until 2039, or 40 years after he entered prison in February 1999.
The case was built upon the testimony of a girl, now 12, who said Nelloms would sneak into her bed and threaten her if she failed to submit to him between Oct. 1, 1995, and Aug. 31, 1997, all before the girl reached 10.
Prosecutors, trying to tie the Kentucky allegations to Ohio, contended psychological force occurred from assaults in Kentucky that continued after the girl moved to the Dayton area and Nelloms re- established contact with her.
Nelloms' attorney, Charles W. Slicer III, said Nelloms won only a `moral victory' after the appeals court in December reversed half of the eight felony convictions. The court ruled that those felonies, based on offenses in Lexington, Ky., between the same child and Nelloms, could not be tried in Ohio. Kentucky authorities did not charge Nelloms.
Slicer said the new sentence will be appealed.
Slicer said Nelloms, a former Olympic hopeful, was doing `all right' at Warren Correctional Institution near Lebanon.
Nelloms had hoped that Kessler would not stretch out the remaining four convictions, and would stack them in pairs as he did at the first sentencing hearing, Slicer said. That would have sliced his minimum to 20 years. Instead, Kessler ordered each 10-year minimum served consecutively, meaning Nelloms still must serve at least 40 years.
Angela Frydman, assistant Montgomery County prosecutor, said Kessler made the `right decision' by keeping Nelloms in prison until he is 67.
Basketball player I went to college with always ran the school 5k fundraiser race in the mid-16s with no training. Could never get him out for XC. Still, he was an all-american, so I guess I can't fault him too much.
Tim Neuman...Central High School (WI) class of '72...
15-0 in the vault
24+ Long jump
Low 14 in the hurdles
Had several college offers including a full ride to South Dakota State (I believe)...his uncle got him a job at the Snap-On-Tools factory right out of high school and he never competed again (not that the Snap-On job wasn't a good job...probably paid the equivalent of $20/hr today)