DES MOINES, Iowa – The mens 1,500 meters didnt have any impact on the team title at the NCAA outdoor championships, but it might have been the best race of the meet.
Indianas Andrew Bayer closed on BYUs Miles Batty down the backstretch, but Batty appeared to hold the slightest of leads as both approached the finish line.
Bayer and Batty leaned hard and tumbled harder, and Bayer leapt up and turned to the scoreboard to learn that his 3:43.82 had bested the still-fallen Batty by 0.01 second.
I came back and still pulled it off, Bayer, a Leo graduate, said. I was trying to fight him, but I was just wasting energy doing that so I let him go by and tried to come back on him at the home stretch."
It was Bayers first NCAA title and IUs first outdoor national champion in a running event since 1993. The Hoosiers mens team finished 11th with 20 points, the teams best outdoor finish since 1993.
Im super excited; this is what I am going for at every NCAA meet, Bayer said. I was set up with 200 meters to go and I was like, Im not going to let this go, Im going to fight to the end. It worked out.
The Florida men took home their first outdoor national and the LSU women won their 15th in 31 years.
The SEC sweep snapped a three-year title run by the women and men of Texas A&M.