So I came back from a run this afternoon and looked at my phone. There was a text from a top HS coach which said, "Grant Fischer is not the best kid in Michigan."
I wrote back facetiously, "Yeah you're right. He probably couldn't beat Ritz right now. Maybe in another 6 months. Who are you really talking about?"
"This Brazier kid. Black guy. 1:48.61 as a junior. 15:25 this fall. Never runs the mile. Tried to go after Fisher this weekend but not fit enough - 4:09.3. Watch the race. Talent level doesn't compare."
Considering someone can't spell FISHER when it is all over the news...
Be careful throwing race labels around if you don't have a clue someone's genetic heritage. You'd be surprised in some cases as skin color doesn't equal someone's dominant DNA. While people think Fisher is rigid, he has the mitochondrial DNA from his mother, who was a great distance runner - and by the way, so does Matt Maton. So, the foundation for a superb engine was laid down by his Mother's body when he was in the womb. He's clearly brought that to life. I remember his soph year when he ran 4:24 for a PR and a week later ran 4:11 for a 1600. Our jaws dropped. It's been lights out since then and I don't expect that to change anytime soon. He's partially a product of scientific, smart training and not overdoing it. He runs 50-55 a week and does the little things.
While I agree that Brazier is talented and very smooth, I will maintain the MOST talented kid in MI is Wetzel. You don't run a 4:20 indoor Mile as a freshman on a developed distance running program. Sorry folks, that is raw talent. Hell, the kid doesn't barely have to shave a mustache. Wetzel also played soccer as a youth, at a national level. After his injury and surgery the concept shifted to keep him healthy and let a college coach have fun with him. This kid will run sub 4:00 as a college freshman. As he is developed he'll get better and stronger and the difference between Fisher and him will even out. Others will appear on the scene and compete with them.
Long term Brazier and Wetzel are 800/1500 guys. I'll throw out there 1:44/1:45 types and 3:32 type 1500M guys.
Fisher might be a 3/5k guy as he matures. I'll go 7:38/12:50 when its all said and done.
The interesting thing this year is do all three get invited to New York for all the marbles - both indoor and out. Don't be shocked if 1,2 or 3 are approaching 4:00 by June as they will have each other to push at a few races this winter and spring.