SEATTLE, Wash. -- Galen Rupp set his third school record of the 2009 indoor track and field season by winning the mile in 3:57.86 Saturday at the Husky Last Chance Qualifier at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
Rupp, who earlier this season set school records at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, ran the first sub-4:00 mile in his storied career on Saturday. His time was .06 faster than teammate Matthew Centrowitz’s previous school record of 3:57.92 that he ran on Feb. 14.
The senior from Portland, Ore., now has NCAA Indoor Championships automatic qualifying marks in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Rupp set the U.S. indoor record at 5,000 meters by running 13:18.12 Feb. 13 in Fayetteville, Ark., and set the American collegiate record in the 3,000 meters by running 7:44.69 Feb. 7 in Boston.
The nine-time All-American is the national collegiate leader at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, while Saturday’s time in the mile is ranked seventh nationally.
Also in the mile on Saturday, junior A.J. Acosta ran a season-best 4:00.11 to improve his NCAA provisional-qualifying time by nearly :02. Acosta was fourth on Saturday behind Rupp, Austin Abbott of Washington (3:58.23) and Gabe Jennings of Oregon Track Club Elite (3:58.25). Acosta’s time from Saturday was ranked 15th nationally.
In the women’s mile, Nicole Blood ran a personal-best 4:39.61 in finishing third. Blood’s time was a two-second PR that ranked third all-time at Oregon. The junior from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., also improved upon her season NCAA Indoor Championships provisional qualifying mark.
Washington’s Katie Follett won the mile in 4:38.00, with Husky teammate Kailey Campbell second in 4:38.51.
In other results for Oregon, sophomore Jamesha Youngblood won the women’s long jump with an effort of 20-6.5.
Sophomore Zoe Buckman finished third in the women’s 800 meters in 2:09.41. Sophomore Vernell Warren was third in the men’s long jump with a leap of 23-4.75.
At the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier in Ames, Iowa, the men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Ashton Eaton, Matt Butcher, David Klech and Chad Barlow ran a season-best 3:09.33 in a 12th-place finish in one of the fastest competitions of the season. Of the 24 teams entered in the relay, 14 produced NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks.
The NCAA Indoor Championships are next weekend in College Station, Texas.
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