After breaking the 29-year-old 800-meter record at CCC, Austin Collins is going to run for UO.

Leaving broken records in his dust, Austin Collins prepares to head to the University of Oregon this fall. After graduating from Colton High School, Collins went to Clackamas Community College (CCC). In April, he broke the school’s 29-year-old record in the 800 meter.

“It was a cool race, a really fast heat,” Collins said. He went on to lower his time twice more, to 149.59. The third time was at the Portland Track Festival in June.

“There were lots of professional guys in that race,” Collins said. Guys like Tyler Mudler, the 2008 NCAA 800-meter champ, Matthew Centrowitz, a 1,500-meter bronze medal winner in the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, and Andrew Wheating, who has competed in two Olympics.

“I knew it was my last chance,” Collins said. It was this race that secured his spot at UO.

During a race, “you don’t have much time to think,” Collins said. “The main focus is trying to breathe right, remaining mentally calm and keeping your pace.”

Collins took 13th out of the 24 runners competing in the 800 meter that day.

Looking back at his time at CCC, he’s grateful for the opportunity running has given him. “It was a fun two years,” he said. “I learned a lot about running.”

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