Santa Barbara, Calif- Shyan Vaziri is one of the hottest mid-distance runners in the NCAA. The junior from Scripps Ranch, who used to spend his afternoons running up Pomadero and Spring Canyon Road in the small community north of San Diego, has settled into a dominant force in the 1500m. Last weekend Vaziri broke the UCSB school record in the 1500m with his 3:42.44 effort at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Held at Azusa Pacific University, the Clay Invite gathered a spectacular field of men and women who toed the line in search of times with national implications. Last Friday under the stadium lights of APU, Vaziri put together his finest performance to date, taking the school record down by amost a second and a half.
The Vaziri File by the numbers:
- Vaziri currently sits 10th on the NCAA performance list
- He has pulled off four career 800m-1500m doubles, winning both events in a collegiate meet
- Vaziri has won a total of 21 collegiate races on the track.
- 1500m PR: 3:42.44
- 2x NCAA West Preliminary Qualifier in the 800m
- 2011 CIF State Runner-Up in the 800m while at Scripps Ranch HS
I was surprised. I had a good feeling I was in this kind of shape before the race, but in this sport you never really know how far your efforts in practice are taking you until you go out on race day and give it everything you have.