Long Distance Standout Wins Two Major Races

Courtesy photo  Cooper Teare stands atop the podium after the New Balance Indoor National Competition Saturday, March 12, in New York.

Long Distance Standout Wins Two Major Races


St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) long-distance runner Cooper Teare won two major long distance races earlier this month. 

First Teare won the New Balance Indoor National one-mile men’s competition Saturday, March 12, in New York, N.Y., with a time of 4:06.60. 

Teare’s time is the second fastest one-mile time in California interscholastic history. Thom Hunt of Patrick Henry High School of San Diego completed a one-mile race in 4:02.70 in 1976.

Teare, a senior, finished ahead of 29 other competitors including defending champion Reed Brown. Brown finished second with a time of 4:06.74. 

This will be one of the last races Teare and Brown, a native of Grapevine, Tex., will compete on opposite sides. The two renowned high school long distance runners both committed to the University of Oregon cross country and long-distance running team. 

Teare gained the lead from Brown 2:54 into the race after passing his outside shoulder. Teare relinquished the lead to Dalton Hengst of York, Pa., at the 3:18 mark. Teare regained the lead for good at the 3:50 mark, but had to stave off Waleed Suliman of Richmond, Va., who was closing in on him. Suliman came in third with a time of 4:06.82. Hengst finished fourth with a time of 4:08.21. 

Teare also won the Texas Distance Festival 5K race on March 18, in Southlake, Tex.

He completed the race with a time of 14:13.26. He won the competition with much more ease than in New York. Connor Lane of Raleigh, N.C., finished in second place with a time of 14:17.89. Noah Affolder of Carlisle, Pa., rounded out the top three with a time of 14:18.26.

Teare is off to a great start in his spring running season. Last spring Teare won the 3200-meter California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) title on June 4, 2016. He finished with an overall time of 8:51.845, just two one-thousands of a second faster than Cole Spencer of Temecula, Calif., who finished in second place. 

Last fall, Teare was just as solid in cross country. Teare won the Div. V 5K cross-country meet with a time of 14:58.50 on Nov. 28, 2016.