Who would step up in the US ranks to truly compete in the 400 at the world level right now?
First, let’s leave our hurdlers out of this: No Clement, Taylor and Jackson.
Which of our young 'uns or not so young long sprinters are ready to step up?
LeGerald Betters seems to be AWOL
Gil Roberts maybe? 45.29 so far this year and did make the Berlin team . . .
Joey Hughes from USC?
Michael Berry from Oregon? 44.91 as a frosh is no joke
Calvin Smith? 45.36 this year with a best of 44.81 but hasn’t done very well even in NCAA finals.
Josh Scott? 45.01 last year and in the Pre field coming up.
Personally I just don’t see Nixon, Torrence or Neville really getting up there in a major final.
Nellum? McQuay (45.21 indoors)? Lawrence?
Perhaps we’ll find out much more at the NCAA meet but even NCAA right now has James, Henry and Pinder so even a US medal there is looking tough!
Looks like our long relay might easily have Clement and Taylor on it again. Heck, maybe Tyson will get his wish and get thrown on there although he hasn’t run a flat race this year so that’s doubtful.
Who’s got a guess? Who is the next great US quartermiler?