Portland Track Festival’s Best Highlight: Hobbs Kessler’s 1500-Meter High School Record

When it comes to track and field standards, the high school 1500-meter record seemed almost impossible to be smashed. Nearly 20 years ago, Alan Webb took part in the 1500 meters race and ended up holding the 3:53.43 record at the national level. No high school runner reached even closer to breaking this record in the last two decades. ​

But, at the Portland Track Festival, the teenager from Ann Arbor, Michigan raced to smash the record on 29th May and secured 5th position by finishing in 3:34.36. This helped Kessler qualify for the U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials and scored the 3:35.00 Olympic benchmark. The Ann Arbor Skyline senior even ran faster than the 3:34:68 record secured by Yared Nuguse previously in the same month. “I really just wanted to make the Trials. I thought 3:36 at best.” Kessler said after the historic win.