Texas A&M senior Fred Kerley ran 43.70 for 400 meters on Friday evening in Austin, crushing the old collegiate record by three-tenths of a second. The rest of the gap between Kerley and Quincy Watts’ old collegiate record of 44.00 is as big as the gap between Watts and the No. 7 performer on the all-time list. (Watts did run 43.50 at the 1992 Olympics the summer after his senior year.)
Kerley was competing at the NCAA West Prelims. Watts had set the old collegiate record almost exactly 25 years ago, also in Austin, at the 1992 NCAA outdoor meet. The 22-year-old now has three of the nine fastest times in collegiate history, as Kerley ran 44.09 and 44.30 at the SEC meet two weeks ago. FLOTRACK
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