Great story by RRW Junior Editor Chris Lotsbom about Cornell's Nick Wade who nearly broke 4:00 for the mile today (3:59.998 to be exact).
So what you're trying to get people to realize is that Nick Wade is a lot better now (at least at the mile) and a lot less consistently injured, now that Rojo's not his coach?
We edited the first post to link to our hosting of the RRW story as it includes a funny picture of Wade, Rojo and JK.
What the heck is the point of this post? Improvement isn't always linear. You don't just train well for a few months and run 3:59
The Single Voice of Reason wrote:
Looks and sounds an awful lot like claiming credit for someone's achievement when you make a point of adjusting or adding to an article ONLY to say "by the way, the owner of this website was this athlete's coach previously," as though correcting some oversight of the writer. it wasn't in the article because it is in no way relevant, and shouldn't have been added in as a pseudo-clarification.
And, before you start giving Rojo credit for Wade's "development," for the record, Nick Wade under Rojo:
800- 1:49.81i; 1:49.67
800- 1:50.92i; 1:50.03
800- 1:49.92i; 1:50.29
He was also frequently injured or off for whatever reason at championship meets the past 3 years, which I'm pretty sure are the races you're supposed to peak for.
So, again, Wade's progression from HS, when he ran :48.9, 1:52.66, and 4:24.0
In order from HS-Fr-So-Jr:
1:52.66 - 1:49.67 - 1:50.03 - 1:49.92
none - 2:23.99 - 2:23.66 - 2:26.22
1500/mile (all converted to mile using Purdy)
4:24 - 4:11.17 - 4:08.36 - 4:10.80
So, you take an 800-1500 runner with 48.9 400m wheels who obviously didn't work on strength much at all in high school (48.9, 1:52.66, 4:24 PRs show an obviously huge defiency moving up, as you might expect from many HS guys), and you get him to run more.
As you would expect from ANY 48.9/1:52 runner who goes to college and puts in some more miles and better training, he improves noticeably in his first year, running 1:49 and 4:11c, but neither of those improvements are anywhere near out of the ordinary. And then he almost completely stops improving for the rest of college (until now).
And Rojo is bragging about this why?
Yes, he improved noticeably in the 1500/mile distance from HS to college, but if you couldn't get a 1:52 hs guy with a mid d focus to run a 4:08 equivalent in two years of training, you'd be just about the worst coach ever. That's nothing to brag about, let alone call "development" (in Rojo's defense he didn't call it that, but someone above did.)
I mean, hell, Wade's HS 800m pr is worth a 4:13 mile, so of course by running two more years (and a little more volume, workouts), he was going to be able to run 4:08. But we want to brag about that?
Nothing to see here.
Wade's been stagnant for 3 years under Rojo, but has always been an obvious talent. Did you not notice he's barely improved at all since his FR indoor campaign? Huge talent, almost no improvement until now.
Whatever the reason, that's nothing to really brag about for his previous coach.
More power to Wade though, who has always seemed like a very nice guy in my encounters/racing against him. He's obviously very talented and it's nice to see a noticeable improvement after so long.
Ignorant of what, exactly?
Get a life and once you get go do something positive with it. Your comments simply show how ignorant of a person you are.