Cole Hocker Runs Into 1500-Meter Collegiate History

Cole Hocker raced like a seasoned pro when the stakes were highest.

Hocker never left it up to a time qualifier throughout the rounds of the U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field as well as the recently completed Tokyo Olympic Games in the 1500 meters.

  • U.S. Olympic Trials, First Round – Heat 2, Place 1
    • First 6 in each heat (Q) & next 2 fastest (q)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials, Semifinals – Heat 2, Place 2
    • First 5 in each heat (Q) & next 2 fastest (q)
  • Tokyo Olympic Games, Heats – Heat 1, Place 4
    • First 6 in each heat (Q) & the next 6 fastest (q)
  • Tokyo Olympic Games, Semifinals – Heat 1, Place 2
    • First 5 in each heat (Q) & next 2 fastest (q)

Once in those respective finals, Hocker was rewarded handsomely for his efforts.

It was in Eugene, Oregon, back in June, where Hocker won the 1500-meter crown and established a new PR of 3:35.28 – 0.07 seconds faster than he ran to win the NCAA title just a few weeks earlier. Both of those races came on his home track at Hayward Field.

Then, nearly 5,000 miles away in Tokyo, Hocker continued to blister the 400-meter oval.

Hocker finished sixth in the fastest final in Olympic history, stopping the clock at 3:31.40. That came just two days after Hocker went 3:33.87 for runner-up honors in the first semifinal, which meant he skipped 3:34 and 3:32 entirely in his Olympic medal pursuit.

If you’re wondering where that stands on the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate List, you’re in luck. Hocker is now the third-best performer with the fourth-best performance behind Bernard Lagat (3:30.56) and Andrew Wheating (3:30.90). Lagat also has a second mark at 3:30.61.