Later he ran on the cross-country team in high school with Jamie, and as really good as he was, he still wasn't the fastest. But he made the fastest guy even faster, always plugging away, always right over his shoulder. Whatever he lacked in natural talent (don't get me wrong, he had plenty of that, too) he made up for in training and discipline and hard work.
Plus he was about the nicest kid you'd ever want to meet.
Yesterday Jake Krong finished 23rd in the Boston Marathon, and everyone else discovered what I've known all along:
Jake Krong is World Class.