Australian Hoare took gold in the 1500m, crossing the line at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in a national record of 3:32.35. Hoare’s time was comfortably under the 3:35.00 qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, Klecker’s third-place finish in the 3000m – coming in at 7:44.91 – was a new PR for the Minnesotan. His eventual time of 8:14.20 for the 2 Mile earned him a silver medal, another PR and the sixth fastest American time ever recorded for the indoor event.
“I’m really happy,” said Hoare. “I felt great in the race and executed it well. (OAC head coach) Dathan (Ritzenhein) and I had a simple plan of making sure we made a statement for 2021 right out of the gates.”
Hoare admitted he was confident ahead of the race. Now the satisfaction of performing in the heat of the battle has left him anticipating a strong 2021.
He said: “Training has been going well with the team and we’ve been constantly building each week. The race went out fast, and to be able to close well off a fast pace was something I wanted to prove I could handle. I’m excited for the weeks and races ahead.”