Robby Creese

Robby Creese, a three-sport Runner of the Year when he was at Glenelg, has continued his running success as a freshman at Penn State. He recently set a collegiate record in the 1,000 run in indoor track. (File photo (2011), Patuxent Publishing / January 24, 2012)

Robby Creese seems to be adjusting to college just fine. The former standout at Glenelg, where he won Player of the Year honors in cross county, indoor and outdoor track, was once again turning heads two weeks ago as a member of Penn State University's indoor track squad.

With a time of 2 minutes, 19.53 seconds in the 1,000-meter run at the 2012 Nittany Lion Challenge Jan. 14, Creese set Penn State, American Junior and NCAA records. His effort narrowly edged the previous national mark of 2:19.57 held by Kansas State's Christian Smith.

The previous Penn State record in the 1,000 meters (2:19.60) had been held by Ryan Foster and the American Junior record (2:22.28) was held by Robby Andrews. Before Andrews, Alan Webb had held the Junior mark (2:23.68) since 2001.

"Robby was looking so good after last weekend's debut, I was thinking he had a shot at breaking Alan Webb's junior record," Penn State head coach of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan said on Penn State's website. "But I was nowhere prepared for what he did going out and crushing our school record, and crushing the NCAA record and doing it in a relatively easy fashion."


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Making the accomplishment even more notable was the fact that Creese didn't even get his first taste of the lead until the race's final lap. Sitting back in third through the first few laps, Creese slowly began creeping up on the leaders during the second half of the race.

It wasn't until the bell rang for the final lap, though, that Creese made his real push. Surging to the front, the Nittany Lion freshman never slowed down on his way to the historic time.

For his efforts, Creese also received recognition as the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for track and field.