Jack Meijer, competing for the University of Wisconsin, at the Big 10 Championships at Champaign, Illinois, ran in the first heat of three in the Men’s 1500m, knowing that he would have to be at his best to qualify for the final. The field ran as a pack for the first 1100m reaching the bell in 2:46, with Jack seventh in 2:46.77. Despite a last lap of 57.29 seconds, Jack could only move up two places to finish fifth in a magnificent club record time of 3:44.05, more than a second under his previous best.
With only three to qualify from each heat, plus the three fastest losers, Jack had an anxious wait. Heat 2 was won in a faster time than heat 1, but the fourth finisher was slower than Jack, so he was still in a qualifying position. Fortunately, the winner of the third heat was slower than Jack, so he qualified for Sunday’s final as the eighth quickest of the 12 qualifiers.
1500m heat 1: 5 Jack Meijer (M23) 3:44.05 (q, Club Record)