Leo Young Uncorks No. 4 All-Time 1,500m In 3:39.39

Leo Young's name had been stamped in various Newbury Park High School outdoor record books previous to Saturday. 

But never, in fact, had he been the school leader in any single event. 

That changed at the Bryan Clay Invitational this weekend in Azusa, California, where the Stanford recruit surged at just the right time in the fifth section of the men's 1,500m to secure a career best time of 3:39.39.  

That performance, which converts roughly to 3:56 for the full mile, is No. 4 in high school history and edges past his former teammate, Colin Sahlman, who ran 3:39.59 back in 2022 -- coincidentally enough, Sahlman ran in the third section of this event and finished in 3:38.30.

Young made a move on the last curve to take the lead of the heat before finishing out in third. 

The performance also improved on his previous best of 3:40.86, which he clocked in early March at the Sound Running Invitational. 

Young's sterling resume holds personal best times of 3:59.32 in the 1,600m, 4:00.77 in the mile and 8:39.57 in the 3,200m.

Young does hold Newbury Park's record for 3-miles during the cross country season, with a career best 13:38.10, which he accomplished in 2021 at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic. That performance is the fastest in high school history.

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