EUGENE, Ore. – Andrew Dusing’s storybook senior year has one more race left in it as he broke out with a record performance in Wednesday’s 1500m semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Making his nationals debut at Historic Hayward Field, Dusing notched the seventh-fastest time in the first heat of the race, hanging with a field of the nation’s top runners and finding another gear on the final lap to finish in 3:40.99. That time is one-hundredth of a second faster than assistant coach Roosevelt Jackson’s previous school record set back in 1984. After waiting through a slower paced second semifinal heat, Dusing’s spot in Friday night’s national final was clinched with his PR of over four seconds.
“After watching (Andrew) close the East Prelim with a 51-second final lap, I knew he was ready for a fast time,” Director of Track & Field Tom Chorny said. “It was very special that Roosevelt was here with us as a member of the coaching staff and able to witness Andrew breaking his 33-year-old school record. He is now within two seconds of the USA qualifying time (3:39.0) and anything could happen come Friday. I’m very excited to see him race again.”
With his previous postseason track experience consisting of just one NCAA Preliminary appearance as a junior coming into this season, Dusing has continued a late surge up the national performance list. His semifinal time is the nation’s 11th-fastest time, an 80-spot jump in the national rankings from his previous PR of 3:45.07 set at the Virginia Challenge back in April. Dusing’s final collegiate race takes place on Friday night at 8:42 p.m. ET, a race that will be televised live on ESPN.
Before Dusing runs on Friday, two more members of the Red & White make their NCAA Outdoor Championships debuts on Thursday as Martha Szekely steps to the circle in the hammer throw (5 p.m. ET) and Danielle Collier lets it fly in the javelin (8:45 p.m. ET). Both events are streamed live on ESPN3.