When Andres Arroyo took the track in Gainesville for the 2013 Florida Relays, he was already seen as a prohibitive favorite to win the 800 meters. By the time he finished, he would be considered a contender against anyone in the world.
Arroyo’s clocking of 1:47.79 in the 800 was the fastest prep time in the event in 2013, and the sixth fastest all time. It can almost go without saying that Arroyo’s time was the fastest in Florida history.
More notably, Arroyo’s time was faster than any 800 recorded by an NCAA runner this year, and the sixth fastest of any runner anywhere in 2013, regardless of age or status.
Yes, that makes an Orlando (Fl.) Colonial High senior the sixth fastest 800-meter runner in the world at the moment.
"I am speechless," Arroyo told the Orlando Sentinel. "I really have nothing I can say. During the race I was just concentrating on every 100 [meters] and every 400 [meters] and maintaining my technique during the race."
According to the track and field site Flo Track, Arroyo finished a full 5 meters ahead of the rest of the entire field in his race. And if anyone is looking to put Arroyo’s time in a broader perspective, his 1:47.79 was just five-hundredths of a second behind prep track legend Alan Webb’s best time in the distance, which he recorded just weeks after his sub-4:00 mile.Read More »from Florida track stars runs sixth-fastest 800-meter time in the world this year