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May 15, 2012

Columbia's Merber Runs Record-Setting 1,500m

Story courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

SWARTHMORE, Pa. -- Columbia senior Kyle Merber proved that he is not done setting records. Merber ran a blazing 3:35.59 in the 1,500m Monday night at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet to record the second-fastest time in the U.S. this year, the fastest collegiate time of the year, the fastest time by a collegiate American ever and second-fastest collegiate time ever.

Merber's 3:35.59 is the second-best 1,500m time of any runner at any level in the United States this year. The current fastest 2012 U.S. time is the 3:34.11 run by Russell Brown of Oregon TC.

Merber's 3:35.59 also ranks 15th in the world this year.

The time smashed the 37-year old Ivy League record in the event (3:37.14) and it stands as the fastest collegiate time in the nation this year, fastest by a collegiate American and second-best of all-time. Villanova's Sydney Maree holds the all-time collegiate record at 3:35.30, which was run on June 6, 1981. Maree, a South African, later became an American citizen but was not at the time of his run The old . The collegiate American record was formerly 3:35.84 that was held by Bryan Hyde (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1995) and Joe Falcon (Arkansas, 1988).

In his race Monday night, Merber beat 2008 Olympian from Canada Nate Brannen (representing Saucony) down the home stretch and his time made the Olympic 'A'standard.