Tyler Day of NAU (Northern Arizona University) broke Galen Rupp’s American collegiate 5,000m indoor record on Saturday at Boston University. Day finished second at the Boston Terrier Invitational in 13:16.95 to Nike’s Paul Tanui who won in 13:15.72.
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Rupp announced only two weeks ago that he’s now coach by Mike Smith, head coach at NAU, who also coaches Day. Rupp made the move after his former training group, the Nike Oregon Project, was shut down in October.
That’s what it means to Tyler Day to run 13:16.95 indoors at Boston University — knocking Galen Rupp’s 13:18.13 American collegiate record from the books. pic.twitter.com/4KOmZWfwtc
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) January 25, 2020
Smith is one of the most successful men’s distance running coaches currently working in the NCAA. He helped the NAU men to back-to-back cross-country championships in 2017 and 2018. Rupp has reportedly been working with the coach for several months. The runner told The Oregonian that he plans to remain in Oregon but will have his training overseen by Smith. Rupp is currently training for the upcoming US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta.
As for Day, Saturday was a breakout performance. Day’s previously held 5,000m indoor personal best was from 2019, where he ran 13:55.40 in Birmingham, Alabama at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Day’s a senior majoring in journalism who has been a big part of NAU’s cross-country dynasty.
Notable Canadian results from the meet
Maite Bouchard – 800m, 2:02.69 (Quebec indoor record)
Lindsey Butterworth – 800m, 2:02:75
Avery Garrett-Patterson – 800m, 2:07.63
Laurence Cote – 1,000m, 2:40.26
Jenna Westaway – 1,000m, 2:40.42
Alexandra Lucki – mile, 4:34.02
Julie-Anne Staehli – 3,000m, 8:47.97
Erin Teschuk – 3,000m, 9:09.56
Full results from the Boston Terrier Invitational can be found here.