Great piece; it kept me absorbed the whole way. Congrats to Gault for writing it and LR for assigning it. It captures the drama and the frustration/heartbreak.
The one thing it didn't capture with quite the vividness it might have was the savagery of those repeat attacks on Webb here on the LR forum. It would be fair to say that in the past 10 years, Webb has been THE great LR scapegoat: the one that young and immature boy-runners love to hate, mock, rip, insult. (Rupp was a close #2 for a while.)
So I really appreciate the way in which this article lays out his whole career, assesses his greatest achievements, sees clearly the (relatively early) moment at which he peaked, and manages to honor both the achievements and the struggle. It's fair to Webb. That's a very good thing.