Today's Star-Tribune has THIS story about Grand Rapids senior Jakub Zivec, a Czech national who, because he attends his Minnesota high school without being part of a recognized international exchange program, is not allowed to compete in varsity competition.
Zivec is definitely varsity material -- he has track PRs of 3:57.07 for the 1500 meters and an 8:19.35 for 3000m and recently ran a 5K cross country race in 14:53, albeit in JV competition. He hoped to run unattached at the Griak Invitational this weekend, according to the Michael Rand story, but instead will watch from the sidelines.
Zivec came to the United States this summer to live with his uncle, biathlon coach Vladimir Cervenka, in the hopes of improving his English and attaining a athletic scholarship to an American university. Zivic plans to return to the Czech Republic in January.
What's Your Take? After reading the story, tell us what you think of situation. Is the Minnesota State High School League's rule barring Zivec and athletes like him from varsity competition in the best interests of the sport and its athletes?