Freshman Ian Moore was the first collegian finisher in the 1,000 meters Saturday with a monster 2:26.29 at Boston University’s John Thomas Terrier Classic.
That’s only three seconds off the school record of 2:23.15 set by legendary six-time All-America Dylan Capwell at Rutgers in 2015.
Moore, a Rancocas Valley graduate, placed fourth in Boston but was the first collegian, finishing behind Dage Minors of Bermuda (2:24.44), Luciano Fiore running unattached (2:24.64) and post-collegiate Patrick Gregory (2:26.05).
The second collegiate across the line was Vermont’s John Brenner, who ran 2:26.31 in a different section than Moore. There were more than 80 runners in the field.
Moore was seeded in the third section because of his 1,000 PR of 2:31.21 going in. He had run that last month on his home track in West Long Branch.
He won that race and bumped all but the top three in the seeded section and the second section.
Moore split 28.6 / 29.0 / 29.9 / 29.4 / 29.3. He won his section over Erik Ohrling of Western Ontario by 10 meters.
That’s 1:57.0 800 pace with an additional 200-meter lap added at the same pace.
Considering that Moore’s PRs coming into this season were 1:56.43 outdoors at the South Jersey Invitational in 2018 and 1:59.13 indoors last winter at the Armory, this is a remarkable performance.
He ran significantly faster per lap for 1,000 meters than his indoor PR for 800 meters!
Moore had a PR of 2:34.68 for the 1,000 coming into the season from a meet at Ocean Breeze a year ago this month as an R.V. senior.
So far at Monmouth, Moore has run four races at three distances and PR’d in all four – 1:22.09 for 600 meters, 2:31.21 and now 2:26.29 for 1,000 and 4:23.33 last weekend for the full mile.
Moore’s time is fastest by a South Jersey runner since Seneca graduate Alex McGrainer ran 2:25.20 at the 2017 Terrier Classic as a Rhode Island senior.
What’s the South Jersey alumni record for 1,000 meters?
Paulsboro grad Fred Sharpe ran 2:23.64 in Boston in 2006, and Ford Palmer of Absegami ran 2:23.65 in 2012. Cinnaminson grad Brian Tetreault ran 2:23.74 in 2011 for Villanova.
Anybody know a faster time? Let’s give Ian something to shoot for!