Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.), a member of the Seattle University cross country and track and field program, competed in the 1500 meter run at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium.
Overbay, just completing his sophomore year at Seattle U, was placed in the second of two heats in the event. He started slow, finishing the first 300 meters in the back of the pack. Overbay moved up to second place after 700 meters, but he fell back during the second half of the race, finishing in eighth place in the heat and 19th place overall with a time of 4:01.46, not good enough to qualify for the final of the event Saturday.
“It’s frustrating that Collin didn’t qualify for the finals. He should have been there, no question. That being said, it was a great experience for him. We’ll sit down and talk about it, and he’ll learn a lot from it, which will make him better moving forward,” Seattle U head cross country and track and field coach Trisha Steidl said. “He’s had an incredible season, taking five seconds off the school record in the 1500 and smashing his times from last year’s indoor season. His focus, drive, and attention to detail have come a long way from last year. He has a bright future to look forward to and I’m excited to work together towards even greater accomplishments.”
Overbay started the 2012-13 competitive season by moving into the team’s top seven during the cross country season, finishing 18th at the WAC Cross Country Championships in Ruston, La. He completed the indoor season by setting the school record in the mile with a time of 4:14.00 at the UW Last Chance Qualifier, followed by new outdoor school records in the 3000 meter run (8:30.19) at the Oregon Preview and in the 1500 meter run (3:49.82) at the Portland Track Festival.
Overbay will be expected to be one of the Redhawks’ top runners as the cross country team reports back to campus in August for the 2013 season.