Cole Hocker

Birthday: 06/06/01 Mile PR: 3:50.55 (indoors) – 2021
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:31.40 – 2021
High School: Cathedral HS (IN) ‘19
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: University of Oregon
Current Residence: Eugene, OR

Cole Hocker, a 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 his Mile PR of 3:50.55, the second fastest collegian and #8 individual indoors all-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

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News

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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