1983 FL finalist wrote:
I truly do believe that Verzbicas was the GOAT when it comes to high school XC. he was on another level. Graduated at age 18 so I am unsure why there is talk about cheating with his age. The claims for doping are unfounded.
You think he could’ve beaten Ritz in HS XC when both were in their prime? It would’ve been close, but I think Ritz could take him. Even if he couldn’t, I think Ritz has the superior HS XC resume, with his World Junior bronze. But Verzbicas has him beaten on the track easily (I really wish Ritz would’ve put more effort into the two mile senior year, but 13:44 isn’t chump change either).
Agree with you that the doping and age cheat claims are unfounded and pointless to this argument. Without proof, accusations are pointless.
I think Verzbicas could have gone toe to toe with Ritz