Cole Hocker, Oregon: 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Track Athlete of the Year

Hocker, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, made history each time he went to a meet this season. It started at the Razorback Invitational, where he led off Oregon’s DMR that set an all-time world best of 9:19.42 and destroyed its own collegiate record. Two weeks later at the Tyson Invitational, Hocker added 209 meters and dipped under the collegiate indoor mile record with his 3:50.55 and became the eighth fastest man in world history (Teammate Cooper Teare was a bit quicker, though, and now holds the record at 3:50.39). Then, at the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend, Hocker swept the mile and 3000 with a meet-record 3:53.71 in the former and nearly took down the meet record in the latter with his 7:46.15.