"Having nine guys in one house who were the best in the country was just unreal." -- Robert DiDonato
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By Cory Mull - MileSplit
For the last half year, a dizzying array of familiar names have dominated headlines in high school and collegiate running, though seemingly not in any connective sort of way.
Colorado teenager Parker Wolfe was the most dominant high school runner in the United States over the cross country season. Alabama prep Ethan Strand was arguably the most impressive indoor runner of 2021.
In recent months, there have been signature moments for Justin Wachtel and Sully Shelton in Georgia, a state championship for Noah Ward in South Carolina, fast times for Robert DiDonato and Colin Peattie in Pennsylvania and California, too.
In the NCAA, Cole Sprout claimed his first All-American placement at Stanford in cross country, while his teammate, former Utah prep Thomas Boyden, was a critical scorer in his first college season, too.