Oregon Ducks Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker Run 3:50 to Destroy NCAA Record in the Mile
February 12, 2021
The Oregon Ducks mid-distance crew is rewriting the NCAA record books in 2021.
Two weeks after the Oregon DMR team ran 9:19.42 to crush the NCAA record and set a world best in Fayetteville, Arkansas, three members of that DMR team — Cooper Teare, Cole Hocker, and Charlie Hunter — were back in Arkansas to toe the line for the mile at the Tyson Invitational. The results were astounding. Teare got the win in 3:50.39, Hocker was second in 3:50.55, as both crushed the old NCAA record of 3:52.01 by former Duck Edward Cheserek. Hunter, the NCAA leader coming in, had to settle for a PR of 3:53.49 in a distant third.
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The race in Fayetteville was an all-Ducks affair as Angus Folmi rabbited through 600, then 3:56 miler Reed Brown rabbited through 1000.Hunter lead until 400 to go, and that is when Teare took over. He covered the final 400 in 55.38 to get the win and NCAA record as Hocker actually closed a tad quicker in 55.36 to get the #2 time ever for a collegian.
While the runs were incredible, a report out of Eugene indicates they weren’t unexpected. The Register-Guard reported before the race that a clock was set up at 1500m with the hope that Hunter would hit the Olympic qualifying mark of 3:35.00. All the Ducks actually came up shot of that, even though 3:50 for the mile is equivalent to 3:33 for 1,500.
Discuss the race in our forum. Are the Ducks the greatest ever? Or have the crazy times across the globe in recent months proven that the new super spikes have changed the game and made times somewhat meaningless?
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