Patrick Tiernan (second from left)
The most significant performance is setting a new school indoor 5000 meter record of 13:37.73 on Valentine's Day in Iowa. This performance by the 19-year-old from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia broke the existing school record of 13:38.3 set February 6, 1981 by Sydney Maree, who was a two-time Olympian, former World Record holder over 1500 meters, and former American Record holder across various distances. Maree was also a 24-year-old fifth year senior when he set that record. A few years ago, I did a piece on unbreakable Villanova records, and Maree held four records which I deemed to be unbreakable, so it is needless to say that simply approaching a record held by Maree is an incredible feat. At this point, I would probably have to revisit that list, because if Tiernan improves over the next couple of years, he is almost certainly capable of breaking at least one of those records. We'll just have to wait and see.
Hopefully I'll be more motivated to write about track this upcoming season, especially because it tends to generate a lot of traffic for some reason.