He ran awesome! It was incredible to watch! But what was more amazing was how he was before the race. He just looked like anyone else, getting his bib number, going back and forth to his car (Toyota Camry with a rear spoiler!) and just getting ready to unleash an amazing mile. He is the 4 or 5th elite runner I have seen from up close now, and what amazes me is how down to earth they all are. Though I have known a few national elites to be jerks, the international elites (I'm pretty sure Lukas would qualify as an international elite) seem to be more personable. Good luck Lukas as you pursue your future, all of us in Illinois are rooting for you!
what kind of rock are you living under that you consider a 14:0x, 4:0x runner an international elite? not saying that someday maybe.. but seriously he's got no shot at making a world/olympic team in the near future
i'm by no means an LV hater, just to consider him an international elite right now is a little ridiculous
I should have been more specific about that, but I didn't have much time to post something since I'm at work (still am, oh well!). I meant to imply that amongst other 18-20 yr. olds that he could hold his own. And yes, there are probably 100s of Kenyans who could run those times, but if LV was in 5k race in Europe, Eugene, anywhere that could put together a top notch group of 18-20 yr olds, LV could certainly be in that group. Obviously he would have a very difficult time making the Olympic team for 2012, but I don't think he is all that far off either.
What happened to Andrew Nelson. He ran 4:11 indoors his senior yr in 2009 and 4:16 or so at the Geneva invite that same year. He runs a 4:23 for a downhill mile?