Caitlin Collier Drops US#1 All-Time 1:29.13 600m

(Video by Matthew Morris)

There is no question that Caitlin Collier is one of the best distance runners to ever come through Florida  At the Bolles Sprint/Field Meet, she added the 600m national record to go with her state record 800m, and numerous state championships in both track and field and cross country. 

(Photo by Jenny Csikai)

Now, the event is rarely contested, but still. Several Florida athletes have tried in early season contests including Jatana Folston of Cocoa who ran a US#2 all-time 1:32.04 at the Flagler Pinnacle Classic and Jan'Taijah Ford of Northeast who went 1:32.66 at the Hallandale All-Comers Meet. Collier's coach Dan Dearing was surprised to hear of the initial record of 1:31.91 set by Carolyn Wilson (now running at Stanford) and noted that Collier did those times frequently during practice. He decided to add the event to their meet and the Stanford signee shattered the record, running 1:29.13.

(Photo by Kristina Morris)

The Bolles senior ran a state record 2:03.32 to take down a professional field at the Nike Festival of Miles last summer and owns a nation leading 2:04.87 from earlier in March at the FSU Relays.

In the 1,600 nobody has run faster than her 4:47.47 at the Bolles Bulldog Classic which ranks her in the top five on Florida's All-Time list. Recently, at the Bolles Sprint/Field Meet, she added another accolade to her resume, the fastest high schooler to ever run the 600m outdoor.

Next up for Collier will be the state series where she is looking for her fifth straight crown in the 800m, fourth straight in the 1,600, and third straight in the 3,200m.

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