USI’s Michael Jordan now has the fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in NCAA Division II. The senior broke his own school record again on Sunday night, slicing eight seconds off his time with a clocking of 8 minutes, 42.63 seconds at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford, Calif. That puts him ahead of Western State junior Ieuan Thomas, who previously had D-II’s best time at 8:46.20.
So Jordan has broken his own record twice this year. Only this time he only needed a little more than week to lop eight seconds off. Looks like USI coach Mike Hillyard’s guess that Jordan could get down to 8:38 will come true — it’s just eight seconds away now. If Jordan drops his time that low, as I wrote in Sunday’s Courier & Press, he not only would probably win the Division II national title in the steeplechase, he might qualify for the U.S. Championships and a shot at earning a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships. Hillyard thinks that’s a long shot, but one can dream, right?