New Mexico’s Josh Kerr Runs 3:35.01 to Break NCAA 1500m Record

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by LetsRun.com
April 20, 2018

The University of New Mexico’s Josh Kerr showed he’s the best miler in the NCAAs as he blasted the field in the 1500 at the Bryan Clay Invite to win by over a second in 3:35.01 and break Sydney Maree’s 3:35.30 which was the mark recognized by Track and Field News and the USTFCCCA as the collegiate record.

NCAA XC champ Justyn Knight was second in 3:36.07 (Knight’s previous best 3:39.23 from 2016, Kerr’s previous best was 3:35.99 from last year).

As dominant and impressive as Kerr’s performance was he still has a way to go to become the fastest collegian 1500m runner of all-time*, who we believe to be Jim Ryun, who ran 3:33.1 for 1500 in the summer after his sophomore year 51 years ago in 1967. (Bernard Lagat ran 3:30.56 the summer after his senior year). The marks recognized by USTFCCCA and Track and Field News as collegiate records are the fastest marks run during a collegiate season.

Results below.

Discussion: Why Isn’t Jim Ryun’s 3:33.1 in 1967 the American Collegiate Record?
*Josh Kerr breaks NCAA record 3:35.01!! @Clay Invite

*The fastest collegian (in our book) is the person who runs the fastest before the NCAA meet of their senior year.

Results
1 Josh Kerr JR – New Mexico 3:35.01
2 Justyn Knight – Syracuse 3:36.07
3 Robert Domanic SR – Ole Miss 3:36.33
4 Sam Prakel SR – Oregon 3:36.84
5 Peter Callahan – Unattached 3:37.11
6 David Ribich SR – Western Oregon 3:37.35
7 James West JR – Oregon 3:37.41
8 Oliver Hoare SO – Wisconsin 3:37.84
9 Shoma Funatsu – Chuo University 3:38.65
10 Ryan Hill – Nike Bowerman Track Club 3:39.62
11 Mick Stanovsek SO – Oregon 3:39.82
12 Alex Rogers JR – Texas 3:40.49
13 Andy Trouard SR – Northern Arizona 3:41.40
14 Cole Rockhold JR – Colorado St. 3:41.80

2nd Fastest heat
1 Carlos Villarreal SO – Arizona 3:38.28
2 Daniel Estrada – Unattached 3:39.50
3 Reed Brown FR – Oregon 3:39.56
4 Waleed Suliman FR – Ole Miss 3:39.76
5 Jack Bruce SR – Arkansas 3:39.86
6 Eric Avila – Unattached 3:39.89
7 Sam Worley FR – Texas 3:40.00
8 Christopher Sandoval – ZACATECAS 3:40.24
9 Alex Riba SR – Texas A&M 3:40.66
10 Luis Grijalva FR – Northern Arizona 3:41.21
11 Hiroki Matsueda – Fujitsu 3:41.51
12 Abraham Alvarado SR – BYU 3:41.86

In the women’s race, the Bowerman Track Club swept the top spots with Shelby Houlihan winning by nearly over a second over Colleen Quigley who was a second and 3/4 ahead of Kate Grace who made the US team for 1500 last year.

1 Shelby Houlihan – Nike/BowermanTC 4:06.07
2 Colleen Quigley – Nike/BowermanTC 4:07.01
3 Kate Grace – Nike/BowermanTC 4:08.82
4 Jessica Hull SO – Oregon 4:10.46
5 Lindsey Butterworth – Coastal Track Club 4:10.95
6 Lilli Burdon JR – Oregon 4:12.52
7 Alexis Fuller JR – Boise State 4:12.56
8 Amy-Eloise Neale SR – Washington 4:14.39
9 Courtney Frerichs – Nike/BowermanTC 4:14.62
10 Allie Ostrander SO – Boise State 4:15.06
11 Weini Kelati FR – New Mexico 4:16.28
12 Carina Gillespie SR – Air Force 4:16.51
13 Ayla Granados – Strava TC / rabbit 4:19.74

Full meet results


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