His form now is terrific. Maybe not quite beautiful, but hips down he’s always been good. Now the head bobble is gone and he’s a little more upright/forward leaning than before when he was a bit back.
He should absolutely be able to run 13:10. I was there tonight, and he ran out of gas a bit the 3rd 200 of the 8, but he is so competitive and tough — the back stretch he was fighting, kept fighting and got himself back in it. Like I said before, I used to doubt him, now I really don’t see any reason to. He’s an absolute stud, seems like a great guy, and he still looks like a kid. His body isn’t anywhere near what he will look like in 5 years.
I don’t know about the conversion, maybe it’s not quite a 3:54.0, but it’s also a middling meet in a weird part of the season. I thought he couldn’t kick well enough to be great (and he’ll never kick like Hocker), but everything is there to be a top US 5k guy for years to come.