Cole Pschunder of Rutgers out of Eastern Regional High School ran a big 5,000 PR of 14:26.53 Saturday at the IC4As.
Pschunder, a Rutgers junior, took 15 seconds off his previous PR of 14:41.84 from the Big Ten meet two weeks ago. Before that, his 5,000 PR was a 15:21 at an outdoor meet last spring on his home track in Piscataway. Pschunder never ran a track 5,000 in high school or in college before last spring.
According to the timing site, Pschunder ran his 1,000s in 2:51, 2:51, 2:56, 2:59 and closed in 2:47, which is roughly 2:13 800 pace for the last five laps.
Pschunder, who also has a 4:11.99 mile to his credit this winter, moved up to No. 3 in Rutgers history in the indoor 5,000, behind only Manalapan High graduate Jim Casey, who ran 14:12.9 hand-timed in a meet at Jadwin Gym in Princeton in 1981 (and is now a NJSIAA Central Jersey sectional meet director), and Chris Banafato (from Bridgewater-Raritan), who ran 14:21.06 at the 2015 IC4A’s in Boston.
Only Casey has run faster than Pschunder’s time outdoors in Rutgers history. He ran 13:57 at the 1982 outdoor IC4As at Princeton.
Cole Pschunder is apparently the same person as Nick Pschunder, which is how he is listed in various results.