He’s been gone less than a year, but Galen Rupp’s collection of school records at the University of Oregon is a little smaller today.
Freshman Mac Fleet stormed from the middle of the pack on the last lap of the invitational mile in Seattle to cross the tape in 3:57.70. This edges Rupp’s previous school mark of 3:57.86. The freshman from California finished 2nd to former Villanova standout and New Balance professional, Adrian Blincoe.
Fleet sat in the middle of the pack most of the race, well off the pace of the leaders including teammate, AJ Acosta. It wasn’t until the last 200m that Fleet made his move and went from 11th to 2nd with a blistering finish.
When asked about how his training has been going, Fleet told RunnerSpace.com, “Funny thing. I had a terrible winter. They’ve (the coaches) had been doing lower mileage than I’m used to.” About his recent training back in Eugene and the race today, ” I’m ectstatic!”
In the race, 10 men went sub 4 including his Oregon teammate AJ Acosta. One other notable finish was Sam Bair in 3:59.72. Sam and his father Sam join Darren and Barry Brown, Matt and Matt Centrowitz as US father-son duos that have gone sub 4.