Verzbicas has always been very realistic about his goals.
In an interview his Sophomore year (technically last year since he's graduating early), he stated that he has much greater aspirations in the Triathlon than in running, because he's aware that running is heavily dominated by the East Africans.
Running of course, is his favorite (and best) leg of the Triathlon, but even so, his swimming and biking are strong enough to make him a serious threat to the international triathlon community.
This becomes even clearer when you compare his running and triathlon accomplishments side-by-side.
2-time IL State Cross Country Champion
2-time National Footlocker Champion
Nike Cross Nationals Champion
2-time Indoor 5k National Champion
Indoor 2 Mile National Champion
Indoor Mile National Champion
Current National High School 2-Mile Recordholder
Current National High School Indoor 5k Recordholder
4th Place in the Junior World Triathlon Championships
Junior World Duathlon Champion
2-time Pan-American Triathlon Champion
2-time National Youth Elite Triathlon Champion
From the perspective of International Competitions, Verzbicas will have a very hard time dealing with the East Africans as a runner, and will have a far better chance of becoming a dominant force in the Triathlons