Last week, Northern Arizona freshman Theo Quax, 19, ran 3:39.94 for 1500m at the Bryan Clay meet in California.
That’s a huge improvement from his 3:47.54 personal best, which he ran last year in HS.
Quax is the son of the 1976 Olympic 5000 silver medallist, the late Dick Quax.
He also had a seat on Auckland Council.
“The son of an Olympic 5000 runner excelling at the 1500 at the NCAA level reminds us of the Centrowitzes, Matthew and Matt,” says running website www.letsrun.com.
“So we thought it would be fun to compare the families. The comparisons are kind of scary. Dick Quax ran 3:36.7h and 13:12 for 1500 and 5000 and Matt Centrowitz ran 3:36.70 and 13:12. In terms of the younger generation, Matthew Centrowitz’s 5000 pb at age 19 was 13:49 – which is exactly what Theo Quax ran earlier this year.”