Mainland’s Kevin Antczak rolls to a PR 8:24 for 3,000 meters in college debut!!!

North Carolina State freshman Kevin Antczak, in his first collegiate track race, ran 8:24.42 for 3,000 meters on Monday, the equivalent of a 9:01 for 3,200 meters.

Antczak raced at the Virginia Beach Invite at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

Antczak’s time is No. 1 on the 2021 IAAF world under-20 performance list, albeit in an event that has not been contested very much this indoor season.

It was the first healthy track race for Antczak since the end of the 2019 outdoor season, when he ran 4:19.65 and 9:09.38 for Mainland Regional.

Antczak was out in 2:12 through 800 meters and 4:26 through the 1,600 and then came through 2,400 in 6:41. 

Antczak was hurt last indoor season and missed outdoors because of the pandemic. His last healthy indoor race was a 9:18.59 for fourth in the 3,200 at the 2019 Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center two years ago this month.

Antczak, 8th in the fall of 2019 at the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, had a strong XC season this past fall, running 23:59 at the ACC Championships in Cary, N.C., where he was the the sixth freshman across the line.

8:24.42 converts to about 9:01.6 for 3,200 meters or 9:04.8 for a full two-miles. Antczak had never run an indoor 3,000. His previous overall 3,000 PR was an 8:59.16 at the 2019 Penn Relays. 

Antczak’s 3,200 PR was that 9:18.59 from two years ago, but he clearly was ready to run a lot faster coming off a senior year XC season when he ran 15:29 at Holmdel, fastest time on the legendary 5K course by a South Jersey runner in 31 years.

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