Every year it seem that there are so many young talented American middle/distance runners with so much potential and every year there is a big let down on the mens side. What happens? Where are all the big times? Outside of Krumm and the few "foriegn" Americans, nothing.
wait a moment
High School PR was in the vicinity of 1:54
Freshman (2000) = 1:48.7
Sophomore (2001) = 1:48.1 (stress fracture killed Feb and March)
Junior (2002) = 1:48.8 indoors (Penn State)
1:47.9 at George Mason
1:46.8 at NCAA 800 trial
1:45.4 at NCAA final. Top American finisher.
Penn and Cornell had their every-4-years trip to England to race against Oxford/Cambridge, Birmingham etc. and Sam decided to be a kid for once (and take advantage of his Ivy League pedigree) so he went instead of competing all summer here in the U.S.
I'd like to see him next year go over to Europe and run. Trinity Gray, after graduating from Brown, went over and ran 1:44, so I think Sam will too.
First of all, what's your problem with naturalized American citizens?
Second, to be a cynic (or at least an idealist in a bad mood) for a change, the "promising" Americans early in the season may look promising primarily because a.) they're racing other, less promising Americans and b.) they peak for the "early" season of college or simply to try and get a time good enough to slip into a European meet.
What, having "only" a couple of Americans doing well in Europe isn't enough (I say couple, because I'm including Nicole Teter in the count)?
I have no problem and I never said I have a problem w/naturalized citizens.
I guess then to race with the goal of just trying to get in a meet is not too promising.
No its not good enough to have only one American male truly competetive with the rest of the world.
Sorry, I interpreted your phrase "foreign Americans" to mean naturalized citizens.
no problem it was not clear on my part.