Yes, Rich came to Buffalo as a hurdler. Cross country helped hook him on distance races, which eventually brought him to where he is today, running a highly visible meet in Lexington.
"I think a lot of it has to do with his maturity and confidence," Wyant said. "Those are the two big factors right now. He's always been a hard worker, always been a gifted athlete, but I just don't think he realized what is potential was. He had a rough sophomore year with injuries and that sort of thing.
"Last year was his coming-out year, and he's carrying that on and he's getting better this year."
Another top distance runner, Jefferson's Ryan Graf, recently signed with the Air Force Academy. Other Division I signees, as reported by runwv.com:
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