U.S.A., a (100 to 800)m nation. wrote:
We need to make U.S.A. an 800m friendly country. We need to make U.S. high school cross country friendly to 400m athletes. High mileage XC is not a good fit for some 400m athletes. College 400m/800m athletes who were 400m specialists in high school are not a good fit for college XC currently. We need to shorten high school XC to 3000m and shorten college XC to 5000m. Wasn't there a XC discussion at Texas A&M that forced Brazier's hand and influenced his decision to turn pro as early as he did? I know Brazier did not race XC his freshman school year at Texas A&M. There are so many sub-55 400m 14 year olds in U.S. We have to bring them along properly. Some go on to be sub-47 by age 22. If we can make high school XC more friendly for these potential elite 800m athletes; if we can make college XC more friendly for these potential elite 800m athletes, there is no reason why U.S. cannot have two or three men in W.C. & Olympic finals as a normal occurrence.
Interesting thoughts. I like the idea of shortening XC, there needs to be more races anyways, and more competitive ones for that matter. There's a reason high school XC is more fun to follow than NCAA. But I think inherently the 800m is a bit of a unicorn event in terms of real talent. Those 14 year olds that run sub 55 so rarely have the capability to ever run an actually elite mile. It's such a specific mix of disparate abilities to be a world class sub 1:45 800m runner. You have to be able to go sub 45 and sub 4. Brazier is obviously a once in 20-30 years talent, even more rare than a 3:55 high school miler. And to your point, I think the US is already a 800m country. Symmonds, Murphy, Berian, Brazier have all taken global medals in the last 6 years.
Murphy and Hoppel are of equal talent with Brazier. DB is just the Hot Hand at the moment.
Maybe Murphy when you factor in his 1500m speed. But when you factor in Brazier's 1500m speed I don't think so.