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Old 01-11-17, 02:09 AM
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Alexander earns top five ranking in 1500, Murphy 8th.

Track and Field News came out with their annual year-end rankings and Ohio was well represented at 1500 meters.

Colby Alexander earned a top 5 ranking (5th) and Clayton Murphy came in at 8th.

Colby's 5th place ranking was the highest by an Ohioan since Rob Myers ranked 5th back in 2007.

Colby's 3:34.88 ranked as the 3rd fastest 1500 by an American.
That time ranked 29th in the World and 10th among non-Africans.
He won the high profile Tracktown Summer Series 1500, ran more sub 4 minute miles than any other U.S. miler, was an Olympic Trials 1500 finalist and almost upset Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz at the NYRRC 5th Ave Mile, running 3:50.3.

As with Clayton's World ranking in the 800 (see separate thread), I thought Colby should have been ranked higher than 5th. Not much higher...but 4th...ahead of Manzano. Leo literally only had one good race all year (a 4th at the Trials) and otherwise had the worst year of his career. A ranking should be based on your body of work. Leo had no other races indoors or out to support a ranking that high. Barely top 10, IMO.

Clayton earned an 8th ranking based on his NCAA win and his 3:36.23, just 3 hundredths off the Olympic A standard. He was the 10th fastest American with his 3:36.23.

Way to rep Ohio!!
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