Cherry Hill East’s Aaron Groff takes 30 seconds off his 5,000 PR, runs all-time Penn #12 time in Boston!!!

Cherry Hill East graduate Aaron Groff, a University of Pennsylvania senior, ran a 30-second indoor 5,000 PR over the weekend in Boston.

Groff ran 14:26.90 to place 12th in his section and 25th overall out of 116 Division 1 and post-collegiate runners at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.

He closed in 2:15.8 for his last 800, 66.1 for his last 400 and 32.5 for his last 200.

Here are his full splits:

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His previous 5,000 PR on a 200-meter track was a 14:56.04 two years ago at the Armory. He ran 14:30.82 at the 2018 Penn Relays, so his race in Boston this weekend was an overall indoor-outdoor PR.

Groff’s time is No. 7 in the Ivy League this year, and he’s one of six Penn Quakers to run 14:30 or faster. 

He moved up to No. 12 in Penn history in the indoor 5,000 despite being the fourth Penn finisher in that race. Eleven of the top 13 times in school history have been run since 2016. 

14:09.30 … Rusty Renken, 2020
14:09.45 … Dusty Lieb, 2003
14:16.44 … Nick Tuck, 2017
14:18.8h … Mike Anderson, 1990
14:18.86 … Brendan Smith, 2016
14:19.28 … Brendan Shearn, 2016
14:21.87 … Anthony Russo, 2020
14:22.79 … Alex Roth, 2020
14:24.48 … Chris Luciano, 2017
14:26.67 … Ross Wilson, 2016
14:26.79 … Kevin Monogue, 2017
14:26.90 … Aaron Groff, 2020
14:27.63 … Patrick Holly, 2018

Russo is from Colts Neck and Roth from Princeton.

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