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Senior Kyle Merber
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

BEST IN THE NATION! Kyle Merber Clocks a 3:35.59 in the 1,500m, Sets New American Collegiate Record

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 05/15/2012
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SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Senior Kyle Merber proved that he is not done setting records. Merber ran a blazing 3:35.59 in the 1,500m Monday night at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet to record the second-fastest time in the U.S. this year, the fastest collegiate time of the year, the fastest time by a collegiate American ever and second-fastest collegiate time ever.

Merber’s 3:35.59 is the second-best 1,500m time of any runner at any level in the United States this year. The current fastest 2012 U.S. time is the 3:34.11 run by Russell Brown of Oregon TC. Video of Merber's amazing run can be viewed here.

Merber's 3:35.59 also ranks 15th in the world this year.

The time smashed the 37-year old Ivy League record in the event (3:37.14) and it stands as the fastest collegiate time in the nation this year, fastest by a collegiate American and second-best of all-time. Villanova’s Sydney Maree holds the all-time collegiate record at 3:35.30, which was run on June 6, 1981. Maree, a South African, later became an American citizen but was not at the time of his run The old . The collegiate American record was formerly 3:35.84 that was held by Bryan Hyde (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1995) and Joe Falcon (Arkansas, 1988).

In his race Monday night, Merber beat 2008 Olympian from Canada Nate Brannen (representing Saucony) down the home stretch and his time made the Olympic ‘A’standard.


Senior Kyle Merber (Photo: Columbia University Athletics | Gene Boyars)

Merber was not alone in his success Monday night. Harry McFann, Daniel Everett, Mark Feigen and Adam Behnke also clocked times that secured their spots in the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

McFann won the 1:48.14 in the 800m, a time that is tied for 23rd in the nation and seventh in the NCAA East Region. His previous career-best was the 1:49.27 he ran at the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships to punch his ticket to the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Everett, Feigen and Behnke all clocked sub 3:44 times in the 1,500m. Everett ran a 3:42.26, Feigen ran a 3:43.11 and Behnke ran a 3:43.68. Those times put all three in the top 23 in the NCAA East Region.

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