Nur Makes History, Breaks Rono’s 5000m CR

Move over, Henry Rono.

Abdihamid Nur is the undisputed king of in-season, 5000-meter running in collegiate history.

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Nur, competing at the Sound Running Track Meet on Friday night, shattered Henry Rono’s 44-year-old collegiate record in the Men’s 5000 Meters with his 13:06.32 effort in San Juan Capistrano, California. That shaved a little more than two seconds off Rono’s in-season collegiate best of 13:08.4h that had stood since 1978, when Rono set four world records in 81 days.

History doesn’t wait and neither did Nur in the Golden State.

With a strong field to work with and gorgeous weather in which to run, the Northern Arizona star put himself in contention early, knowing that meet directors planned for it to be paced at 13:10. All Nur had to keep riding the train to the station and give it a little extra kick at the finish.

Needless to say, Nur was locked in.

Look at his splits from the race: 30.38, 1:03.80, 1:03.83, 1:03.29, 1:03.48, 1:03.47, 1:02.62, 1:03.27, 1:04.72, 1:04.22, 1:03.33, 1:01.31, 58.65. Nur was a machine.

Pay attention to those last two splits, though: 1:03.31 and 58.65.

Nur came through 4200m in 11:06.37, needing to cover the last 800 meters in 2:02 or faster to capture the record. He did so in 1:59.96 and left no doubt.

Fellow NAU standout Nico Young finished fifth – one spot and nearly five seconds behind Nur – in 13:11.30 to become the third-fastest man in collegiate history over 5000 meters during the collegiate season. That gives NAU four athletes among the top-7 performers in collegiate history: Nur, Young, and former Lumberjacks Luis Grijalva (No. 5, 13:13.14) and Diego Estrada (No. 7, 13:15.33).