Has The Boys Outdoor 3200m Gotten Faster Over The Past Four Years?

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Earlier this season Cooper Teare won the Texas Distance Festival 5K in a blistering 14:13.

Over the past four outdoor track seasons, only 161 boys have broken the nine-minute barrier in the 3200m and an even smaller number of 22 boys have broken 8:50 in the 3200m run. The Arcadia Invite's 3200m this past weekend might have been one of the best 3200m's to ever go down as a whopping 27 boys broke nine minutes in that race and nine broke 8:50. That race also produced the fastest 3200m time recorded over the past nine years in Cooper Teare's 8:41.46. Last time someone even flirted with breaking 8:40 in a 3200m was in 2008 when German Fernandez busted out an 8:34.23.

If you compare 2014 to 2017, the latter wins in three of the four categories -- fastest time, number of boys under 8:50 and average of top ten times. Over the four-year span, times are looking to be faster.  With four months still left in the 2017 season how much faster will 2017 get? Will these faster 3200m times translate to faster overall 1600m times?

Lets break down the past four years

Fastest time:

Time needed to crack into the top 50:

Number of boys under 8:50:

Average of top ten times:

*Still four months left in the season

Click to the next slide to see the 2017-2014 top 50-->