Three Top-10 National Times in Boston
BOSTON, Mass. – In search of national qualifiers, the Men of Oregon distance crew collected three top-10 national marks Sunday at the BU Last Chance Meet. The performances came from Aaron Bienenfeld (5,000 meters), Reed Brown (mile) and Jack Yearian (mile).
In the first section of the 5,000 meters, Bienenfeld recorded a nearly 10-second lifetime with a time of 13:21.99 to win the event. He also becomes the No. 2 performer in UO history—trailing only Galen Rupp (13:18.12)—and posts the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season. Bienenfeld entered Sunday's race with a previous best of 13:31.65 from his career at Cincinnati.
Bienenfeld also took down the German national record in the indoor 5K, replacing the time of 13:27.53 set by Arne Gabius in 2015. Bienenfeld also owns a season's best of 7:46.09 in the 3,000 meters, another top-20 time in the NCAA this year.
Yearian and Brown became the sixth and seventh collegians under 3:55 this season with their respective times of 3:54.54 and 3:54.77 in Sunday's mile. Based on the times entering the day, those performances stand as the No. 6 and 8 times in the NCAA this season; the top eight features a time adjusted down due to altitude.
With Sunday's result, Yearian destroyed his previous best of 4:00.85 from February 2020 and becomes the 29th UO man to run a sub-4:00 indoor mile. Brown also recorded a lifetime best, taking down a time of 3:56.61 from a season ago.
UO Top 10 – Mile (indoor)
1. Cooper Teare – 3:50.39 (2021)
2. Cole Hocker – 3:50.55 (2021)
3. Edward Cheserek – 3:52.01 (2017)
4. Charlie Hunter – 3:53.49 (2021)
5. Jack Yearian – 3:54.54 (2022)
6. Reed Brown – 3:54.77 (2022)
7. Blake Haney – 3:56.56 (2016)
8. Sam Prakel – 3:56.89 (2018)
9. James West – 3:57.43 (2020)
10. Johnny Gregorek – 3:57.47 (2015)
Six of the top-10 mile performances in program history have been under the watch of associate head coach Ben Thomas.
In the first result of the day, the Ducks put three in the top six of the 800 meters led by Elliott Cook who crossed the line in 1:48.71, good for second place. Luis Peralta—fourth in Sunday's race—and Cook own season bests of 1:47.32 and 1:47.95 going into the NCAA qualifying and selection process.
The top 16 declared individuals in each event and top 12 relays will advance to the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships (March 11-12) at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The list of qualifiers are scheduled to be announced this coming week.
Sunday UO Results
2. Elliott Cook – 1:48.71
4. Luis Peralta – 1:49.61
6. Matthew Erickson – 1:50.19
3. Jack Yearian – 3:54.54 (PR) [No. 5 UO]
4. Reed Brown – 3:54.77 (PR) [No. 6 UO]
1. Aaron Bienenfeld – 13:21.99 (PR) [No. 2 UO]
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