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Tanner Breaks Collegiate Record In 1,500-Meters

Feb 13, 2021

NBC Sports has a replay of the meet available online. Tanner's race begins at the 1-hour, 15-minute mark.

SEATTLE – Sophomore Sam Tanner made track and field history today as the New Zealand native broke the Absolute Collegiate Record as well as the Indoor Collegiate Record at 1,500-meters with a stunning run of 3:34.72 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York City at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.
 
Tanner's mark also crucially hit the Olympic Standard in the 1,500-meters (3:35.00), which was the main objective for the second-year Dawg.
 
The 1,500-meters is an NCAA championship event outdoors, but it is run infrequently indoors, with the mile being the equivalent race at NCAA Indoors. However, Tanner's time not only breaks the indoor 1,500m record (3:35.46) but is also faster than the outdoor Collegiate Record of 3:35.01 set by Josh Kerr of New Mexico in 2018.
 
"I am absolutely frothing," said Tanner, to coin a down under phrase. "So happy to hit the Olympic Standard. It is such a great honor to represent UW."
 
Tanner was the only collegiate competitor in the field. He was joined by current Husky volunteer assistant coach Sam Prakel, who finished one spot behind Tanner as the top finishing American in 3:36.36.
 
Husky Head Coach Andy Powell said, "We're thrilled at Sam not only getting the Collegiate Record but also hitting the Olympic Standard which has been a lifelong dream for him."
 
The race was led by British athlete Jake Wightman, who was fifth at the 2019 World Championships in the 1,500-meters, and Oliver Hoare of Australia, who won the 2018 NCAA title at 1,500-meters for Wisconsin. They created a gap on the field, and Tanner was the one runner who went after them to close the gap, going past Craig Engels, the 2019 U.S. Champion at 1,500-meters, in the process. Hoare's winning time of 3:32.35 broke the Australian indoor record and Tanner's time set the New Zealand indoor national record.