MSU’s Soratos earns All-American honors

EUGENE, Ore. — Cristian Soratos earned All-America honors in his efforts in the 1500 meter NCAA Championship finals today. Soratos came into the race ranked third with a personal-record and MSU record of 3:41.17. Chad Noelle of Oklahoma State crossed the finish line in first with a pace of 3:54.96; Soratos followed placing seventh with a time of 3:55.60.

“Don’t mark my words, but that might have been one of the slowest final races in NCAA history,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “Cristian was patient, just like he needed to be, but he just didn’t have enough gas left in him in the final 100 meters.”

The race unfolded different than you’d expect, as the second split was over 70 seconds. Despite the slow pace, Soratos was boxed in towards the middle of the pack. As the bell lap approached, the race began to heat up and the pace increased to a final lap of 50 seconds.

“What a privilege it has been to have Cristian come to Montana State. He’s helped put Montana State back on the national map after a great career as a Bobcat. His work ethic and determination is one of a kind and I couldn’t be more proud of everything he’s accomplished.”

Soratos ended his career at Montana State as one of the most decorated mid-distance runners in school history. The Salinas, CA native holds the record in the 1500 and 800, in addition to being an All-America and National runner-up in the indoor mile.

— MSU Sports Information

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