On This Day: Arizona’s Lawi Lalang Made (All-Dates) History

Lawi Lalang had a dynamite career at the University of Arizona.

By the time he wrapped up his time with the Wildcats, Lalang won numerous NCAA titles, was a two-time finalist for The Bowerman and scribbled his name all over the collegiate record book. The former Arizona star actually still owns the collegiate indoor record in the 5000 of 13:08.28, which he set at the 2012 Millrose Games and is superior to Henry Rono’s outdoor standard.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Records & Lists

Lalang also showed why the NCAA system is one of the best environments to prepare for future success with his performances on the international level while in an Arizona uniform.

His piece de resistance came in the form of his 13:00.95 over 5000 meters at the 2013 IAAF Herculis Meeting in Monaco. It was on July 19, 2013, where Lalang – between his junior and senior year, mind you – nearly became the first collegian to crack the 13-minute barrier.

That time still stands as the all-dates collegiate best, seven seconds faster than anybody not named Lawi Lalang has ever run. Eric Jenkins is the No. 2 performer at 13:08.33, a time he ran on July 18, 2015.

If you take a look at that all-dates collegiate chart, you’ll see just how dominant Lalang was. He still owns five of the top-10 marks, including four of the top-5 – No. 1 (13:00.95), No. 2 (13:03.85), No. 3 (13:07.13), No. 5 (13:08.28).

The Best of The Best Over 5000 Meters

Here are the top-10 marks on the all-dates collegiate chart, which includes marks from outside the scope of the collegiate season.
Name
Program
Mark
Date
Lawi Lalang
Arizona
13:00.95
7/19/2013
Lawi Lalang
Arizona
13:03.85
7/5/2014
Lawi Lalang
Arizona
13:07.13
6/27/2013
Eric Jenkins
Oregon
13:07.33
7/18/2015
Lawi Lalang
Arizona
13:08.28
2/11/2012
Henry Rono
Washington State
13:08.4h
4/8/1978
Peter Koech
Washington State
13:09.50
7/6/1982
Lawi Lalang
Arizona
13:09.51
8/28/2014
David Kimani
Alabama
13:10.29
7/14/2001
Jonah Koech
Iowa State
13:10.95
6/9/1993

You might want to keep an eye on that chart, because after this weekend, Morgan McDonald might find his way on it. The former Wisconsin star, who won four NCAA titles during the 2018-19 academic year, is entered in the 5000 at the London Diamond League Meeting. McDonald owns a PR of 13:19.05 that he set last February at the Australian Championships.