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Cole Hocker never ran at Historic Hayward Field. Never a race or a workout. Never witnessed a meet there.
“It shocks people sometimes,” he says.
No more shocking than what he has done since his arrival at Oregon for the fall of ’19. He is in actuality, if not formally, the fastest American teenager ever at a mile and 3000m. He has achieved things Oregon icons Pre, Rupp, Centro and King Ches never did.
The Duck soph ran himself onto a list of legends with his NCAA Double of 3:53.71 and 7:46.15. The mile was a meet record, the 3K nearly so. At 19 he became the youngest American ever to win the mile and youngest of any nation to win such a double. He turns 20 in June. Jim Ryun turned 20 the month after his ’67 indoor mile victory.