Milers Hate Mud! wrote:
Amazing to see how few of those runners panned out even in college. Molly being buried by future no-names (though Roetter was hella cute). Solinsky gets his name misspelled in results and Rupp was about tenth as a soph, I think.
Molly went on to set AJR for 5000m the next year, so she seemed to run better on the track, as Tony insinuated.
The resurgence in distance running started at the high school level in the late 90s. For the most part, kids started running more mileage and the internet created a lot of interest and gave them a way to see what their competitors were doing. The high school boys and girls were running faster, but there was also a string of really skinny girls like Amber Trotter, Caitlin Chock, Ashley Brasovan, Allie McLaughlin, Aislinn Ryan, Katelyn Kaltenbach, Megan Goethals, etc. - The list is long. It seemed like it started with Kim Mortensen, who was super thin and really fast, perhaps that's what all of the high school girls figured was the secret. Unfortunately, Kim and most of the really thin girls never did much beyond high school. Some of those girls like Ashley Brasovan and Caitlin Chock for example were so thin that I can't understand how a coach or parent could not have noticed. Most of the healthy looking girls like Shalane Flanagan and Kara Groucher for example, were the one who ended up having long careers.