September 8th, 2018 - Panther Invitational
“I was looking forward to seeing the 27th ranked guy in the nation" - Adam Rzentkowski
Then a week later…
September 15th, 2018
In no way am I implicating any sort of trash talking but I think it is a sign of the times when we have state elites like Rzentkowski (1:58.33 / 4:16.66y / 9:28.30) who are not only willing to challenge the guys that have touched down on the national scene and in the rankings but can actually provide quite the athletic challenge to back it up. If we turned the clock back to 1996 runners not named Gabe Jennings would have been taking first row spectator seats at the big Laser Relays meet in Delafield, a time of 16:24 would’ve won the Smiley and at the Midwest meet our studs Kyle Fraser of Nicolet, Sean Tyre from Arrowhead and Nic Iverson from Verona would have yielded to other state’s top runners. For whatever reason the context of being good in Wisconsin was not in symbiosis for what was good on the national stage for a bulk of the 1990s, 1993 to 1999. Times like 4:20/9:30/16:00 were not only deified but very strong barriers that only a few went under. It seemed like because we had Gabe in 1995 and 1996 that people stopped wanting to challenge like this.
Laser Relays & Midwest Invitational
Back on topic with the subject of the thread Rzentkowski put down a big time while running relatively solo at Smiley. This is a kid who is probably capable of a 15:37-15:38 at the Ridges.