Eastern grad Cole Pschunder of Rutgers ran a nearly two-second mile PR in Boston on Saturday.
Pschunder won the fourth of 11 sections of the mile in the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston College in 4:11.99, breaking his mile PR of 4:13.70 set at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational last year on the same track.
The race produced six sub-4 efforts and 18 Division 1 and post-graduate runners went under 4:10.
Pschunder’s time makes him fourth-fastest in Rutgers history. Here’s the top 5:
4:05.9h … Ron Speirs [Metropolitan Championships, Princeton], 1973
4:11.05 … Luke Wiley [IC4A Championships, Boston], 2017
4:11.60 … Curtis Richburg [IC4A Championships, Boston], 2012
4:11.99 … Cole Pochender [John Thomas Classic, Boston], 2019
4:12.11 … Conor Murphy [Hemery Valentine Invitational, Boston], 2018
Pschunder ran 4:16.85 for 1,600 meters in high school, which is the equivalent of about a 4:18.6 full mile. His indoor 1,600 PR was 4:20.55.
So considering a 4:11.99 is the equivalent of 4:10.53 for 1,600 meters, Pschunder has gotten more than six seconds faster in college than he was in high school.
Cole Pschunder is apparently the same person as Nick Pschunder, which is how he is listed in various results.