FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, February 12 — Talk about dominance. After the scintillating results from the Razorback Invitational, Oregon milers now hold the top 3 spots on the all-time collegiate indoor list and the top 5 in the 1500 (see charts).
Both senior Cooper Teare (3:50.39, 3:35.46 en route) and soph Cole Hocker (3:50.55, 3:35.63) broke the previous Collegiate Records. Both old records had been set by Ducks, a 3:52.01 mile for Edward Cheserek in ’17 and a 3:36.93 in the 1500 by James West last year. Teare also claimed the Absolute CR in the mile, supplanting the Cheserek mark. To boot, teammate Charlie Hunter moved to No. 6 ever with his 3:53.49 (and No. 4 ever with his 3:36.94).
The race was an all-Oregon affair, with soph Angus Folmli and junior Reed Brown — who ran 3:56.61 on this track 2 weeks ago — doing the early pacesetting. Folmli was in the lead with 7, 6 & 5 laps to go before stepping off, Brown with 4 & 3. Only a half-second separated the remaining quartet of Oregonians at that point.
Brown faded at that point, Hunter’s 2:54.91 putting him in the lead with 400 to go, followed by Teare (2:55.01) and Hocker (2:55.19). Teare then unleashed the fastest lap of the race, 28.20, making a big move up the homestraight to lead Hocker by 0.23 and Hunter by 0.32 with a lap to go. Hunter faded on the final circuit. While Hocker produced the fastest finish (14.92 from the 1500 split to the tape), it only made up 0.02 on Teare.