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Old 12-29-16, 11:43 PM
State The Obvious State The Obvious is offline
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Alexander leads nation with 6 sub 4 miles

At year's end, Colby Alexander lead all U.S. milers with six sub 4 efforts. His NJNY teammate, Johnny Gregorek was right behind with 5.

Additionally, he ran six 1500 meter races between 3:34 and 3:38 which translate to between 3:52 and 3:56 for the mile.

Twelve races of that caliber in one season is quite remarkable.

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Old 01-11-17, 02:10 AM
State The Obvious State The Obvious is offline
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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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Old 01-11-17, 01:12 PM
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**Letsrun.com is a popular running website catering to distance events. It has a mixed bag reputation. The negative rap it sometimes gets is because of the negative vibes the boards many times take on. BUT their up to date news and their reporting are reasons to visit.

**Their editors ranked each event for 2016 and came up with slightly different takes in many events than did our Bible, Track and Field News. Their criteria and protocol for ranking makes more sense to me than the criteria Track and Field News employs.

**For example, Letsrun counts indoor track. T&FN does not. If there is a World Championship, a U.S. Championship and a very competitive NCAA season, why wouldn't you count it? All of our Olympians ran indoors. It's not like HS where a good percentage of athletes don't participate.

**Also Letsrun will not give a high ranking to an athlete based on one good race. Unless it is an "off the charts" crazy fast time (like Jager's 3:32 1500 two years ago).They base your ranking on your entire year's body of work. T&FN will rank you very high based on one race, if it's the right one. Olympic Trials, for instance.

**LR had Colby 4th US and T&FN had him #5. That's usually a "splitting hairs" thing that really isn't too debatable until you see that the difference was T&FN put Manzano 4th (ahead of Colby) while LR only had Manzano an Honorable Mention. Letsrun got it right. Manzano's 4th at the Trials was his only good race of the year.

**Manzano didn't put up any other good races all year before or after the Olympic Trials. Didn't run indoors. Didn't run a top 10 time. Didn't win any races (not even close). In fact in head to head races with the top ranked runners, Leo never won. It was, in fact, the worst season of his career. LR got it right ranking Colby 4th.

Just my 2 cents.

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