One of my high school idols. I watched that 2000 footlocker race between the Big Three so many times. Dathan accomplished so much at every level of the sport. He had a fantastic career. One can't help but feel he could've accomplished even more if he stayed healthy though.
I think the move to the marathon hurt his career. The big money from it kept him there, despite being more of a 5k-10k specialist. He would have had more success focusing on being a 10k beast whilst developing his kick as much as he could. Like a Paul Tergat type.
And like Tergat, cross country was his best event. 2 time FL champ, NCAA XC Champ. WJXC medalist. National XC champ. He should have gone to world cross more and really made an effort to win/medal.
Interesting to note that despite being a sub 13 5k guy and an 8:11 2-miler, he never broke 4 minutes for the mile! I bet he could still do that if he wanted to.
All in all a great career.