Check out this Youtube video of Wallace Spearmon in the Reebok Grand Prix Men's 200m Dash. Bolt tied up just a bit, while Spearmon found an awe-inspiring finishing gear in that last 60 meters that gave him a time of 19.82, second in 2007 only to Walter Dix' NCAA record of 19.69. Folks, this is what the beginning of a peak looks like:
Now let's check out Walter Dix' phenomenal 19.69 200m, which was the beginning of his peak last week's NCAA East Region Championships:
It'll be interesting to compare what Dix does at the NCAA Finals on June 9th to what Spearmon does on June 10th in Eugene. Dix is obligated to contribute to the FSU team effort in the Seminoles' bid to repeat as NCAA national champions. To do that he'll need to run in three events (100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay) this coming weekend. Can he do that, sustain that peak through June 23rd at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis and then tear down and rebuild to another peak in Osaka on August 30th? That's a tall order for any sprinter, much less a young collegian. Does Dix have a decision to make? I don't think there is much of one to make. He should stay with the one that brought him to the dance, FSU.