To echo sentiments of @AnakinFavre’s speculation I am wondering if mentally he was transitioning to the new environment setting before rediscovering his chi as Gabe Jennings would have put it.
If you put yourself in Henry Chapman’s shoes, you’re 17-18, had to leave the place you grew up behind and your entire life was forced to change. Post-house fire victimology might also suggest feeling demoralized, displaced, etc. which can all be amplified for a typical teenager.
While 49th at Footlocker MW and 15:59 at the Ridges for a state title is nothing to sneeze at perhaps in context this was a duct tape season for him. Yes, he put it together but was still in fact processing all the external factors of being in a new school and essentially a new life.
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I would imagine after Footlocker he was unsatisfied, underwent a mature self-assessment and set some concrete goals of how to go from being a state elite to a national caliber athlete. I’d imagine just as Adam Rzentkowski’s runner profile renders that he outran a Footlocker Qualifier during the season showing his potential that the college recruitment process attained a new level for Henry given his recent success and that he rightfully deserves. Just hope he hasn’t gone too soon so to speak and can recharge to repeat these things again in June!