Just like a lot of people, I suspect Solomon may be 2 years older than he states. I say that for no other reason than the fact that he looks to be about 20 years old, but then again so has other H.S. runners like Webb and Solinski, which means I could be wrong. But, it really does not matter anyway, the MAHAA and NHF has done their due diligence and it is their decision that matters and every thing else is just noise. Also, I would much rather have a 20 year old slip through the cracks, than to indict a kid that is truly 18 based on innuendo. Congrats Solomon!
On another note, if you anyone thinks that Halie is not going to improve much in college, you’ve got to be kidding yourself. He is a very efficient LD runner and will probably do much better at 8k/10k; I expect Solomon to have the same type of impact in the NCAAs as did Fernandez, Puskedra and Derrick, etc. After what I saw him do at VCP, I suspected he was head and shoulders above the other kids at this year’s race. This year’s overall times were slow and granted, Halie benefited from a relatively weak/somewhat diluted field (NXN), but never-the-less, this was the easiest FLNC win I have ever witnessed…he never appeared stressed. He is going to be a monster next year, however, I don't see him running great track times in H.S. mile and 2-mile races, perhaps the 5k/10k.
Btw – If someone really-really wanted to determine Halie’s true age it could be done by some good investigative reporting in a week or two. If possible, you check the age of his parents, siblings and/or determine the order of his birth…this will verify some physiological possibilities. Perform the same checks on his relatives, former friends and classmates. Who where his playmates in (male and female) Ethiopia? If any of his playmates know their birthday, this information will give you some clues because 14 years olds don’t play with 11 years olds. What are the dates of significant events that took place in Ethiopia and in his hometown; was he a live, and where was he at that time and what are his memories of those events. In his hometown/village/tribe, what are age of any maturation cermonies he may have participated in, marriage, pregnancy… in his hometown/village/tribe, girls that know him as being around their age…if they have given birth, what are the ages of the their children…assuming you have to be about 15 to have a child, if you do some backdating this will give you valuable info. Talk to his teachers, coaches, ministers…if he is a Christian; there is the possibility of participation in some age specific religious cermonies that will give you some insight. All human beings enter puberty around the same age and even in cultures where records are not kelp and birthdays are not celebrated; there is good anecdotal evidence to be gained if there is a way to tell when someone entered puberty. Even in countries where a person may not know their age, their will be some dating of when they started school, joined a soccer team, had their medical exam or registered for anything that is documented. Probably no one thing will give you his exact age, but a combination of things will.