Tanner Runs Fastest 1500m By A Husky
SEATTLE – Redshirt freshman Sam Tanner continues to roll back in his native New Zealand, as Tanner kicked off the new year with a new PR last night, running a 1,500-meters time of 3:36.44 at the Tauranga Twilight meet.
Still just twenty years old, Tanner's time is the fastest ever run by a Husky and new #1 time in the world. Izaic Yorks still has the official in-season school record of 3:37.74 set in 2016. Tanner remained at home taking University of Washington online classes this fall due to Covid-19.
Head Coach Andy Powell said of Tanner's effort, "Sam's time is really incredible considering the circumstances. Special thanks to Craig Kirkwood, Steve Willis, and Athletics New Zealand for working with Sam and setting up such a great opportunity. We look forward to Sam's return to University of Washington."
Last year, Tanner ran on the Husky cross country squad that advanced to the NCAA Championships, and then he recorded a mile time of 3:59.01 during the 2020 indoor season and a 1,000-meters of 2:21.78.
Tanner was less than 1.5 seconds away from the Olympic Qualifying Standard for the 1,500-meters of 3:35.00.