NEW YORK — Last weekend Ogden native Brad Barton joined basketball legends Sessions Harlan, Harold Arceneaux and Eddie Gill and football's Fine Unga in being inducted into the Weber State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
The 47-year-old Barton added to that fame this weekend. He broke the 3,000-meter Masters (45-49 age group) world record by eight seconds, and the American record by almost 14 seconds, at the Columbia Final Qualifier at the Armory track in Manhattan, witih a time of 8:26.15.
This was Barton’s first race of the year. His coach, Chick Hislop, advised him to race conservatively and come through the first 2,000 meters at the American record pace. At that point, he could decide which record to try for.
“I knew I was fit coming in here, but because I haven’t raced this year, there were some big question marks," Barton said. "I kept my pace dead-on through the first mile. I eased the throttle down a bit at that point and was astounded how terrific I felt at the 2K mark. I decided to go all in, forget about the American record and go for the world record. Once I got rolling, excitement and momentum carried me through. I passed a lot of talented college kids less than half my age in that last thousand meters. The excitement fueled my record-breaking rush to the finish. Tonight was a case of age before beauty.”
Barton, a former NCAA All-American Steeplechaser, broke Craig Fram’s American record of 8:39.74 and Jesus Borrego’s world record of 8:34.58.
“8:26.15? That’s within nine seconds of my collegiate personal record. I had no idea I could run that fast. I felt invincible tonight,” Barton said.
Barton ran a Masters world record-breaking mile run, 4:16.83, at this same meet in 2013. He went on to capture multiple U.S. Masters and World Masters Games titles and set American records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2013.
Next up is the 3,000-meter steeplechase world record. “I had a great 2013 campaign but I missed that steeple world record by just over one second. I’m stronger than I was last year. We believe we can do this.”
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