Few British middle distance runners, let alone Bristol and West members, can have made such a remarkable start to their indoor careers as Rich Peters has done in the US over the past week.
He kicked off last weekend, as already reported here, by smashing his previous best 3,000m best outdoors by more than 20 seconds when scoring a decisive victory for Boston in an inter-University meet at Harvard in 8:10.53, and then followed up by cracking the four minute barrier for the first time in an even more spectacular debut over his specialist distance the Mile at his University’s annual Valentine Invitational meeting.
Admittedly he did not win this time, having to be satisfied with third place in a tight finish, but his time of 3:58.26 was the equivalent of some five seconds faster than he has run over 1,500m outdoors. What’s more it was a new Boston Univerity record and qualifies him for next month’s NCAA championships, which is a considerable achievement in his freshman year. The time may well be the fastest by a Britsh runner this year and is less than a second slower than Nick Rose’s outdoor club record of 3:57.49.
Mike Down 13-02-11