Noah Breker Breaks The Minnesota State 3,200m Record

The Minnesota State Outdoor Championships have barely started, but we already have state history on our hands in a Class AAA boys 3,200m race that saw two boys break the state meet record, three boys go under the 9-minute barrier and five boys under 9:10.

To start, Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Noah Breker repeated as the Class AAA state champion in the 3200m, as he clocked a new meet record time of 8:51.44.

He beat the old record of 8:57.07 set by Obsa Ali in 2013. Breker also ran the second-fastest unconverted 3,200m time in state history, only behind Joe Klecker. 

MN All-Time 3200m Times (Unconverted)

1Joe Klecker8:50.122015
2Noah Breker8:51.442023
3Aidan Jones8:54.482023
4Obsa Ali8:57.072013
5Sam Scott8:57.102023

Looking at the list above, alongside Breker, Aidan Jones and Sam Scott also both broke the 9-minute barrier once again and joined Breker in the top five all-time unconverted 3200m times in Minnesota. 

This is only the second time in state history that three boys have gone under 9-minutes for the 3200m in the same race, joining the 2013 MSHSL State Track and Field Championships. In that race, Obsa Ali set the state meet record of 8:57.07 and both Eli Krahn (8:58.67) and Joey Duerr (8:59.03) joined him under that 9-minute barrier. 

2023 MN State Championships - Class AAA Boys 3200m Results

1Noah BrekerRobbinsdale Armstrong8:51.44
2Aidan JonesMinneapolis Washburn8:54.48
3Sam ScottMinneapolis Southwest8:57.10
4Robert MechuraRoseville9:06.01
5Nolan SutterChaska9:07.49
6Max WesterlundMinnetonka9:13.54
7Adam LuethBloomington Jefferson9:17.89
8Nick GillesMinnetonka9:24.19
9River SantiagoBlaine9:24.35

In terms of average, this year's race of Breker/Jones/Scott had the fastest top-three average for a 3200m race in state history with an average time of 8:54.34 compared to the Ali/Krahn/Duerr average of 8:58.26. 

Expand that to the top five times and the 2023 race has an average of 8:59.30 and 8:59.94 for the 2013 race.