1500 Meters


#1

Should be an interesting year as we’ve got two sub-4:00 milers from the indoor collegiate season in the mix of things plus quite a number of other emerging elites like Dan Sullivan, Marcus Paulson and Taylor Wardall. NCAA D3 800m All-American Sean Royer also wants to try a few 1500s this season.

Pro Notes:

  • sub-4 guy Tommy Schmitz (D-MP) is out there somewhere running for Saucony;
  • John Mickowski (Mukwonago) was in the finals at last year’s olympic trials;
  • Erik Sowinski would be a huge threat at 1500 if he wanted it;
  • Chris Solinksy is getting back into shape.

Below are 1500m conversions from the WI collegiate indoor honor roll mile. I used the standard .9259 multiple to bring those mile times down.

1500m Conversions:


+------+-----------+---------------------+------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------+------------+
| rank | mark      | name                | school                                   | meet                                    | date       |
+------+-----------+---------------------+------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------+------------+
|    1 |  3:40.97c | Joe Stilin          | Texas (Milwaukee King)                   | Razorback Invitational                  | 2013-01-25 |
|    2 |  3:41.58c | John Simons         | Minnesota (Arrowhead)                    | Notre Dame Alex Wilson 2013             | 2013-03-01 |
|    3 |  3:47.93c | Taylor Wardall      | UMKC (Appleton East)                     | Notre Dame Alex Wilson 2013             | 2013-03-01 |
|    4 |  3:48.72c | Dan Sullivan        | UW-Stevens Point (Elkhorn Area)          | NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field  | 2013-03-08 |
|    5 |  3:49.58c | Marcus Paulson      | Minnesota (Sussex Hamilton)              | Big Ten Men's & Women's Indoor Track &  | 2013-02-22 |
|    6 |  3:50.39c | Matt McKenna        | Wisconsin (Edgewood)                     | Iowa State Classic                      | 2013-02-07 |
|    7 |  3:50.62c | Danny Buechel       | Wisconsin (Fond du Lac)                  | Iowa State Classic                      | 2013-02-07 |
|    8 |  3:50.78c | Sam Penzenstadler   | Loyola (Chicago) (Oshkosh West)          | Indiana University Relays               | 2013-01-25 |
|    9 |  3:51.48c | Matt Scott          | UW-Eau Claire (Kiel)                     | NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field  | 2013-03-08 |
|   10 |  3:51.83c | Spencer Agnew       | Marquette (Fort Atkinson)                | Notre Dame Alex Wilson 2013             | 2013-03-01 |
|   11 |  3:52.72c | Jerry Kerska        | UW-La Crosse (Sauk Prairie)              | Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier                | 2013-03-01 |
|   12 |  3:53.23c | Aaron Easker        | UW-Eau Claire (Wittenberg-Birnamwood)    | WIAC Conference Championships           | 2013-02-22 |
|   13 |  3:53.76c | Tyler Heinz         | UW-La Crosse (Eau Claire Memorial)       | NCC Cardinal Opener 2013                | 2013-01-18 |
|   14 |  3:53.84c | Elliot Krause       | Wisconsin (Appleton North)               | Wisconsin Red & White Open              | 2013-02-15 |
|   15 |  3:54.78c | David Stilin        | UW-La Crosse (Milwaukee King)            | NCC Cardinal Opener 2013                | 2013-01-18 |
|   16 |  3:55.51c | Derek Storkel       | Minnesota (Tomah)                        | Jack Johnson Classic                    | 2013-01-18 |
|   17 |  3:56.01c | Wally Bradford      | Valparaiso (Mukwonago)                   | Notre Dame Meyo Invitational 2013       | 2013-02-01 |
|   18 |  3:57.23c | Bill Jones          | Franciscan (Marquette)                   | 2013 BWU Mid-February Meet              | 2013-02-08 |
|   19 |  3:57.64c | Jack Senefeld       | Marquette (Stevens Point)                | Illini Classic                          | 2013-01-18 |
|   20 |  3:58.31c | Patrick Jenkins     | UW-Stout (Cambridge)                     | Warren Bowlus Open                      | 2013-01-26 |
|   21 |  3:58.40c | John Block          | UW-Oshkosh (Madison East)                | The Quad Meet                           | 2013-02-09 |
|   22 |  3:58.73c | Dennis Haak         | UW-Stevens Point (Belleville)            | The Quad Meet                           | 2013-02-09 |
|   23 |  3:59.02c | Chris Parker        | LaFayette College (Neenah)               | Lehigh vs Lafayette Dual                | 2013-01-26 |
|   24 |  3:59.74c | Jacob Peterson      | UW-La Crosse (Nekoosa)                   | Eastbay/Pointer Invitational            | 2013-02-16 |
|   25 |  4:00.05c | Paul Escher         | St. Olaf (La Crosse Logan)               | MIAC Indoor Championships               | 2013-02-28 |
+------+-----------+---------------------+------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------+------------+

1500m News from the weekend:

Former WIAA Cross Country State Champion, Derek Storkel of the University of Minnesota, ran 3:53.22 in his outdoor opener at ASU this past weekend. But the big surprise–for me at least–was former Middleton star, now at Claremont College in California, Bennett Naden. He ran 3:50.92 at the Occidental Distance Carnvial in Los Angeles. He’s already had about a month of outdoor track in him but compare him to the above list and that puts him up there with some very elite names.


#2

Mickowski won’t be racing this year at all. He’s in Korea currently serving out his Army duties.