With all the history of the University of Wisconsin distance running crew, it seems pretty surprising that the school would have a 30 year old distance running record. It also seems surprising that the record was just over 4 minutes.
Well, not anymore. Sophomore Jack Bolas ran 3:59.40 to set the new school record. Fellow sophomore Brandon Bethke also went under the old record and became the second UW runner to go under 4 minutes in the mile when he finished in 3:59.85.
The Wisconsin men’s and women’s track and field teams provided another strong display of distance running over the weekend at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.
The outstanding performer at the meet was sophomore Jack Bolas, who won the invitational mile and broke a 30-year-old UW record with a time of 3 minutes, 59.40 seconds. The previous best of 4:00.4 was set by Steve Lacy in 1978, nine years before Bolas was born.
Bolas’ time – the first NCAA automatic qualifying time for the Badgers this season – ranks him fifth nationally and leads this season’s ranking of Big Ten competitors.
For his efforts, Bolas has been named the Big Ten Conference co-Athlete of the Week along with Illinois’ Gakalogelwang Masheto. The last Badger to receive the indoor honor since sprinter Demi Omole won, Feb. 13, 2007.
Meanwhile, sophomore Brandon Bethke also went under the four-minute barrier in the mile to finish third in 3:59.85 and provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship.