No words to describe how good this is. Kessler is off the charts right now. His 3:57.6i and his 3:34.36 are most significantly faster than Webb's marks. He's also run 8:39y alone and could probably go 8:30y if he gives it a go this month. Love the way he closes down races; late speed is priceless and HK has it. To go .65 UNDER the NCAA mark is hard to fathom. The fact that he is a true HS senior (18 yrs old) is icing on the cake. I'm expecting US Junior records at 1000, 1500, mile, 3k and 2 mile. The Fernandez 13:25.4 5000 mark may hold up, but who knows?
Fernandez already lost his 5000 record to Nico Young.
Kessler did not run the 8:39 alone. He drafted off Gavin Sherry until the last lap (or maybe 2?) and then kicked.
Yes. Forgot the great run by Young. 13:24.7. Same holds true for that slightly faster mark. As for the 8:39y, I thought Kessler was alone last 800m, and was far gone by the line. My point was that he was not in a pressed race. Not hoovered to a mark like, say, Rupp in the 8:03.6 race. I would expect him to run about 8:30y if he gave it a go. Just speculation. His 15/mile speed would indicate that (to me)
I think he would be more in the range of 8:25y, maybe even faster. If he’s in 3:51 mile shape I would think he could run 2 4:10s.
7:45-7:55 shape for 3000.
I can see HK going that fast. 8:25y not out of the question. I think he would be a lock to take down the 8:29.4 HS mark.