He looks weaker than he's looked in the past few years. He was really thin and fragile in HS, then he gained some muscle his freshman/sophomore year and looked better, now he's back to where he was in HS. His stride is also different from his freshman/sophomore years but I'm not sure if that makes any difference.
He was sick or injured after xc and never got all the way back. If there's nothing lingering, he'll be tough again in xc. You can't say that a guy who ran 7:56 in high school but 13:11 as a sophomore and second as a junior in NCAA xc peaked in high school.
He's only a Sophomore. He'll have plenty of chances to win an individual title. After watching Grant Fisher's career, I'll never write off a high school phenom who has an underwhelming college career...and Nico still has 2 years left.
Agreed! And this isn't to say his college career has been bad--I don't think Nico's ever NOT gotten All-American at any championship during his time in college, all while competing against older runners.
Just watched it and see exactly what you mean. His arm carriage has the "swing" that most female runners (including elite pros) have; I can't think of any other male pros who run like that.
I would disagree on your first point though: obviously some won't be "out", so to speak, but there would be more than 1 (if that) in every main professional sport. But for women it's the exact opposite