Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.) continued his preparation for the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships by competing in the Portland Track Festival this past Saturday, June 8, at Lewis and Clark College, setting a new school record in the 1500 meter run.
Overbay finished fourth in his heat and 24th overall in the 1500 meter run with a time of 3:49.82, a half-second faster than the previous school standard he posted April 26 at the OSU High Performance Meet in Corvallis, Ore. It is the third time Overbay has set a new school record in the 1500 meter run in the past two months, first grabbing the record April 6 at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore.
“Collin continues to make improvements from race to race. His third lap was slow, so the 3:48 Pan Am Games standard he is trying to hit is certainly within reach. The focus with each race, however, is not on time, but in racing smarter each time and learning how to push himself to his limit and not go past that so he can run the strongest race possible. He’s learned a lot this season and will hopefully put that all together at Junior Nationals later this month so he can really go out there and compete to the best of his ability,” Seattle U head track and field coach Trisha Steidl said.
In less than two weeks, Overbay will head to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium. The first round of the 1500 meter run will take place Friday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time), with the final round scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at 2:14 p.m. Central time. If Overbay finishes in the top four and posts a time of 3:48.00 or faster, he will be eligible to compete at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia August 23-25.