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This Monday night, while competing in the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, senior Kyle Merber put the icing on his incredible Columbia track and field career. Merber set the all-time collegiate record for an American in the 1,500 meter run with 3:35.59. Read more about Merber's amazing run, and watch a video after the jump.more
Video streaming by Ustream Running in the fastest heat, Merber overtook his Olympic-level competition as the race came to a close. It was only a little earlier, Merber told, that he was able to get into the fastest heat. This certainly helped pace the graduating senior, whose career once seemed to have been finished after a ligament injury in his foot. It clearly didn't slow down Merber, though, who put together a steller senior season after missing his entire junior season due to said injury. Merber's mark is also the second-fastest across all age-groups in America, and the 15th-fastest in the world. Merber made news earlier in his career with a sub-four minute mile, but the mile equivalent for this time is 3:52.775. Wow! Not a bad way to leave for the Columbia College graduate. Congrats!

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