Austin Gabay began his college track career with a hot 800-1,500 double and a couple PRs.
Gabay, a Duke freshman from Cinnaminson, raced this past weekend at the Tobacco Road Challenge at Duke’s Morris Williams Stadium in Durham, N.C.
First up was the 1,500, and Gabay ran 3:50.13, which converts to about 4:07.1 for the 1,600-meter run and 4:08.54 for a full mile.
Gabay was out in 45.83 for the first 300, then closed with 400s of 61.43, 62.94 and 59.95.
However you break it down, the 3:50.13 is a huge PR for Gabay. His fastest high school 1,500 was a 4:06.93 at New Balance Nationals at the Armory in March of 2019, his fastest 1,600 or mile was a 4:16.02 for 1,600 meters, when he edged Haddonfield’s Derek Gess at the 2019 state Group 2 meet at Central Regional in Bayville.
Less than two hours later, Gabay was back on the track for the 800 and had enough left to run 1:54.64. He was out a little fast (54.58), which isn’t ideal in a quick double, but he held it together enough to break 1:55.
Gabay’s previous 800 PR was a 1:54.73, which he ran fresh at 2019 Haddonfield Distance Night in May of 2019.
These were Gabay’s first track races since the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze, when he ran 9:00.27 for 3,200 meters in a titanic battle with Liam Murphy of Allentown [8:58.16] and Jack Jennings of Mendham [8:58.19].
They were his first outdoor races since he ran a two-mile at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., in June of 2019.