Weekend Preview: Collegians Ready To Hear That All-Time Sound (Running)

May 6, 2022.

Abdihamid Nur sent shockwaves through the collegiate track & field world when he shattered Henry Rono’s legendary 44-year-old collegiate record in the 5000 meters. Nur went 13:06.32 at the Sound Running Track Meet, taking two seconds off Rono’s blistering hand-timed 13:08.4.

May 6, 2023.

Katelyn Tuohy, Brian Fay and Fouad Messaoudi, as well as Colin Kirkpatrick will try to channel that same historic energy this weekend at the Sound Running Track Fest in California.

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Tuohy is entered in the Sound Running Women’s 5000m, set to begin at 8:28 pm PT. This will be the third race of the outdoor season for the NC State phenom, who took the collegiate scene by force this year with three collegiate records and two NCAA titles indoors. Tuohy has said she just wants to compete with the talented field – and in doing so, the 14-year-old collegiate record of 15:07.64 might be in play. Who holds that record? None other than 2009 The Bowerman winner Jenny Barringer (now Simpson), whose indoor mile record Tuohy smashed in February.

Fay and Messaoudi will contest the On Men’s 1500m just 10 minutes before Tuohy steps on the track. Messaoudi recently became the fourth-fastest performer in collegiate history in that event when he went 3:35.16 at the Bryan Clay Invitational last month. Fay is sixth on the all-time, all-conditions collegiate chart in the indoor mile with his 3:52.03 effort back in January. Oklahoma State’s Messaoudi and Washington’s Fay need to run 3:33.73 or faster to demote Eliud Kipsang to No. 2 and for the nation to see the 1500-meter standard lowered for a third consecutive year.

Kirkpatrick finds himself in a fantastic position to break a longstanding NCAA DIII record in the steeplechase. The Pomona-Pitzer standout will toe the start line for the goodr Men’s Steeple at 7:35 pm PT alongside former NCAA and U.S. champions. Kirkpatrick held his own at the Bryan Clay Invitational last month and stopped the clock at 8:44.21 to move up to No. 4 in NCAA DIII history with the second-fastest performance since 2008. Peter Kosgei holds the current division record at 8:43.78, less than one second faster than Kirkpatrick’s PR. Steepling in NCAA DIII is at an apex right now with three top-8 performers currently active: Kirkpatrick at No. 4, Christopher Collet at No. 7 (8:47.57) and Christian Patzka at No. 8 (8:47.74).

The main program of the Sound Running Track Fest gets underway at 7:20 pm PT.