By posting a time of 4:14.00 in the mile run March 1 at the UW Final Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor, sophomore Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.) not only broke the longest-standing indoor school record still on the books, but he also qualified for the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this year.
Overbay's time was three-quarters of a second faster than the qualifying standard, enabling him to participate in the national meet in Des Moines, Iowa, June 19-22. He becomes the second Seattle U cross country/track and field student-athlete this academic year to reach a major junior championship, joining classmate Baxter Arguinchona, who competed in the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships as a member of the U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team last Sept. 2 in Italy.
Overbay continued his record-breaking season last Saturday at the Oregon Preview, posting a new school record in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:30.19, almost three full seconds faster than the previous mark. That was also a qualifying mark for the junior championships, meaning that he is eligible to compete in the 1500 meter run, 5000 meter run, 10,000 meter run, and 3000 meter steeplechase. He has been a strong runner throughout the 2012-13 season, starting in cross country with an 18th place finish at the WAC Championships.
The Seattle University track and field team is in the middle of taking winter quarter finals, after which the student-athletes will prepare for the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.