Cole Hocker

Birthday: 06/06/01 Mile PR: 3:48.08 – 2023
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:30.70 – 2023
High School: Cathedral HS (IN) ‘19
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: University of Oregon
Current Residence: Blacksburg, VA

Cole Hocker won the 2024 USA 1500 indoor title in 3:37.51, a meet record, indoor PR and fastest indoor 1500 at altitude (Albuquerque, NM), earning a Team USA berth for the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, where he earned the 1500m silver medal in 3:36.69. In April at the LA Grand Prix, Hocker ran a 5000m PR and Olympic standard time of 12:58.82, placing 11th.

In 2023, he finished third at the USA 1500m Championships, clocking 3:35.46 to earn a Team USA berth to the World Championships in Budapest this August (where he finished 7th in a personal record of 3:30.70). At the Bowerman Mile, he placed 6th, setting a PR of 3:48.08, #4 American all-time.

In 2022, Cole finished second in the Windy City Invitational Magnificent Mile in Chicago, setting a personal record of 3:50.35, #4 U.S. indvidual all-time indoors, and in February, he won USA Indoor titles in the 1500m (3:39.09, meet record) and 3000m (7:47.50). Returning from injury, in December, he won the USATF Club Cross Country Championship crown. On April 23, 2022 at the Oregon Relays, Hocker ran the third leg on the 4x1 Mile Relay (3:57.31) and the Duck Track Club produced the second fastest time ever in 15:52.05.

The rising U.S. star won a thrilling 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meters, setting a personal record of 3:35.28 and beating reigning Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz to qualify for his first Olympic team. In Tokyo, he finished 6th in the 1500m, clocking a PR of 3:31.40. In September 2021, Hocker signed with Nike, becoming a professional runner.

Also in 2021, the University of Oregon freshman captured three NCAA titles: Mile & 3000m (indoors, a rare double) and 1500m (outdoors). In February, he clocked a Mile in 3:50.55, the second fastest collegian, #8 individual indoors all-time and PR at the time; his teammate Cooper Teare won the race in 3:50.39.

The 2018 Foot Locker Nationals cross country champion also won Indiana state titles in cross country, 800m and 1600m.

Photo credit: Dana Sparks / The Register-Guard



Beamish doubles New Zealand delight with surprise 1500m gold

March 03, 2024

“I was fortunate it wasn't a 3:29 race. I don't think that would have been on the cards for me then. But I feel like I can run people down in that last lap. It's incredible.”

By Mike Rowbottom for World Athletics

New Zealand’s Geordie Beamish produced an extraordinary finish to win the men’s...

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Ingebrigtsen, Nuguse challenge world record in a thrilling Bowerman Mile

September 16, 2023

A record 11 men sub-3:50 in the same race as well as five national and one world junior records set!

By Maddie Lang

Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Yared Nuguse gave the fans an exciting show in the Bowerman Mile to fittingly cap off the first day of The Prefontaine Classic on Saturday afternoon.

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Hoare to defend men’s Rudin Wanamaker Mile

January 11, 2023

Commonwealth Games champion to face formidable international field on Saturday, February 11 at the 115th Millrose Games; NBC live broadcast from 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST

From Millrose Games

The 115th Millrose Games will take place on Saturday, February 11th, exactly one month from today, at the...

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Defending champions Wightman, Reekie face formidable fields at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

September 06, 2022

Talented field includes Olympic & World Championships medalists, British stars Laura Muir & Josh Kerr and American contenders Cole Hocker, Emma Coburn & Sinclaire Johnson; live NBC broadcast 12:00-1:00pm ET


NEW YORK – Defending champions and Olympic, World Championships, European...

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Bowerman Mile again draws the best of the Best

May 07, 2022

Past race champions, Olympic medalists, world champions and rising stars to toe the line at Hayward Field

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The Prefontaine Classic has churned out more sub-4 minute Mile performances than any other American meet, and the storied Bowerman Mile has played a pivotal role...

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Teare beats Hocker in near U.S. indoor Mile record

February 12, 2022

"So, we had a little bit of a race strategy with our two pacers in front and then Morgan. He definitely threw in an extra element of adding that race feeling, which is just so awesome and made for a fast race.”

By Don Kopriva, Track & Field News

CHICAGO — On Friday night, February 11th when a...

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The Best Mile Moments of 2021

December 30, 2021

Nick Willis’ record 19th consecutive year sub-4, Hobbs Kessler – 12th U.S. high schooler sub-4 – sets prep indoor Mile record, two more father-son sub-4 combo club members and NCAA Indoor champion Cole Hocker leads youth charge highlight another pandemic year

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile...

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Defending champion Elle Purrier St. Pierre, rising star Cole Hocker headline WHOOP Wanamaker Mile

November 19, 2021

Marquee event of the 114th Millrose Games set for Saturday, January 29, 2022 at The Armory.

From The Armory Foundation

NEW YORK - The Armory Foundation has announced that WHOOP, the human performance company, will be the title sponsor of the 2022 WHOOP Wanamaker Mile in the upcoming 114th...

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Hocker Announces Decision to Turn Pro

September 14, 2021

Breakout year for Oregon Duck includes 3 NCAA titles, Olympic Trials crown, Tokyo Olympic finalist and 3:50 Mile

From Orgeon Track & Field

EUGENE, Ore. – Cole Hocker has signed with Nike and will forego the remainder of his collegiate career at Oregon to start his professional career. He made...

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Cole Hocker’s Ascent to the U.S. Mile Mountain

August 04, 2021

"I’ve never been to the Olympics, but I’ve been able to execute on stages I’ve never been to before and I think this should be the same way.”

By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

After a four hour delay due to extreme temperatures from a rare Pacific Northwest heat wave, the fans at Hayward...

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Cole Hocker Brimming with Confidence

July 23, 2021

"I really want to make the final. That’s a big goal. And then once I’m in the final, I think I just have just as good a shot as anyone."

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

Headed to Tokyo as the youngest U.S. men’s 1500 Olympian since Villanova’s Marty Liquori in ’68, Cole Hocker, 20,...

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Hocker beats gold medalist Centrowitz, earns Olympic spot

June 28, 2021

The youngest outdoor national champion in the 1500 or Mile since 1911: “This whole year, I felt like I was proving myself to the world, but also proving my talent to myself."

By David Woods, Indianapolis Star

Over the course of three minutes, Cole Hocker was far from the desired destination,...

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Focus on the U.S. Men’s 1500 Scene

April 02, 2021

Whoever shows up on the starting line at Hayward Field, rest assured the guys will put on a great show at the U.S. Olympic Trials

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

It's not outlandish to project that one of the most-anticipated events at June’s U.S. Olympic Trials will be the men’s 1500....

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Cathedral’s Cole Hocker wins historic double, leads Oregon to NCAA indoor track title

March 13, 2021

Sophomore sets meet record in the Mile: “I definitely feel like I’m in the best shape of my life."

By David Woods, Indianapolis Star

Cole Hocker did everything he could have done except set a world record. If he had gone for it, you never know.

“I definitely feel like I’m in the best shape...

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Powerful Oregon featuring Milers galore

March 01, 2021

The secret behind this winter’s Duck Mile breakout, if there is one, is coach Ben Thomas, according to his athletes.

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

Miling is breaking out in Duck Town. Again. With head-scratching times and depth. Many aspects of life have come without precedent in the...

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Sub-4 Mile? Maybe not this year, but Cathedral’s Cole Hocker is on his way

May 31, 2019

Indiana high school senior, University of Oregon bound, produces high achievement on low mileage

By David Woods, Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS – With shoulder-length blond hair and piercing blue eyes, Cole Hocker resembles a teen rock star. He is something of a musician, teaching himself to...

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