Although the focus rightly so is on our amazing senior distance class as it may be one of the best graduating classes ever and likely the best (bosley, meinke, Chapman, ellenburg, vanucchi, rzentkowski,Easton, kisting, and others). And for now if we ignore the rising juniors of Schnor, leffel, Vance, Holmes among many others, we are still left with a few sophomores that are highly respected and that coming into track were viewed as likely national qualifiers at least in Nike heartland for next year as jack scherer (awol indoors) from oskosh is the number 2 returner (1 sophmore) to Ben schnoor in the heartland region for next year and most Wisconsin fans would put Bryan bloomquist ahead of scherer if he had run the race. In addition the sophmore distance runner with the best wheels is Gavin czarnecki who ran 4:34 indoors as a freshman and led the freshman in the 800 running 2:00.6 outdoors while still being a very strong cross runner. At the end of the indoor season all are basically missing in action as jack scherer hasn’t opened, I believe bloomquist indoor pr is a 4:46 1600 meter and czarnecki I don’t believe has broken 4:50. Im guessing the injury bug has hit at least 2 of them with bloomquist always being a slow starter he is harder to analyze and maybe a race away from silencing any criticism. The sophmore that has come on the scene and looks to be a top contender to break a 9:20 2 mile or even reach meinke sub 9:10 levels is Cale groethenhaus from slinger. He pushed Tyler kisting to the tape in the 1600 and although the time was only in the 4:30s I believe the track wasn’t fast and we all know how good kisting is. He then ran wire to wire in the small school 2 mile at Madison west relays with an upcoming lacrosse Logan junior runner as they ran 9:40/9:41 respectively blowing out the rest of the field: so far Cale hasn’t run a race where he wasn’t in it with 10 meters to go so if he gets in the right race there is a reasonable chance he can run with a group of guys at a faster pace. In the distances he seems to be the freshest face that has a chance to finish the season not only as a state elite but to join his fellow sophmore class stars as a top candidate to make it through the heartland region at Nike next year cross. As Zen pointed out in an earlier post Tauchon from west allis is another sophmore running well. Hopefully we see the incoming big 3 start to run some respectable times once we get outdoors.