Erik Semling Breaks 3200m 8th-Grade Class Record


It's not everyday when a record held by the legendary Rob Finnerty goes down.

But that is just what Erik Semling just did. 

At the Cotter Invite on May 16th, Semling broke Finnerty's 20-year-old 3200m class record for 8th-graders in Minnesota. Semling ran a time of 9:22.63 to demolish the record by almost 7 seconds. Only Seming and Finnerty have gone under 9:30 for the 3200m as an 8th-grader in Minnesota. 

Cotter Schools
Burnsville High School
Annandale High School
Mounds View High School
Chaska High School

Coming off a strong cross country season that saw Semling run the fastest middle-school 5K time in state history, Semling had a slower start to his track season, before running a 40-second PR in the 3200m to break the record. 

This puts Semling in some elite company as he is jut one of 11 Minnesota boys to run under 9:30 in the 3200m all-time as a freshman or younger. He beats out middle-school times from Minnesota's national champions, state record holders, and Olympians. 

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His time of 9:22.63 also puts him with the #1 3200m time for his class of 2028.

Class of 2028 - Top 3200m Times

1Erik Semling9:22.63
2Daniel Filiatreau9:33.84
3Matthew Ogilvie9:41.11
4Mason Burgess9:48.34
5Nicolas Duquette9:50.97

All-time, Semling entered the top-ten 3200m times all-time for 8th-grade boys nationally, coming at in #9. 

All-Time 8th-Grade Boys 3200m Times

1Stacy Sutter9:05.301981
2Marcelo Mantecon9:14.382023
3Francis Hernandez9:15.912008
4Andrew Gardner9:17.342010
5Keegan Smith9:18.122021
6Ransom Allen9:19.702019
7Garrett Jeffries9:21.952005
8Caden Sauerbrey9:22.522018
9Erik Semling9:22.632024
10Eric Souza-Ponce9:24.042021

Erik Semling's remarkable achievement in setting a Minnesota class record for 8th grade in the 3200m is a testament to his exceptional talent and hard work. His performance not only cements his place as one of the best middle-school 3200m runners ever but also sets a high standard for future athletes. Erik's dedication and passion for the sport are truly inspiring, and we can't wait to see what he accomplishes next. Keep an eye on this rising star!