Moorestown graduate Brandon Outlaw, a freshman at Virginia, placed third in the 400 at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships with an indoor personal-best time of 47.18 over the weekend at Clemson.
Outlaw’s time is third-fastest in Virginia history and broke his own school freshman record of 47.31 that he set in the trials. The previous Virginia freshman record was 47.64, set in 1988 by Paul Ereng, who later that year won the Olympic gold medal in the 800.
The only faster times in Virginia history were run by Payton Hazzard (46.60 in 2015) and Kellen Blassingame (46.73 in 2006).
Outlaw’s high school indoor PR was 47.90 at last year’s New Balance nationals. He ran 46.82 outdoors at sectionals on his way to the Meet of Champions title last spring. He ran a 46.25 at nationals but was stripped of the performance following a disputed DQ.
Outlaw’s time makes him the No. 8 junior in the world, according to the IAAF performance list. Because he’s only 20, Outlaw is eligible for USATF Junior Championships June 15-17 in Indianapolis, which serves as a qualifier for the IAAF World Juniors, scheduled for July 19-24 in Tampere, Finland.
Outlaw also ran on Virginia’s 1,600-meter relay team, which set a school record of 3:11.76. The previous mark of 3:11.93 set last year.