26 (November 21, 1987)
College: Oregon (2010)
Hometown: Norwich, Vermont
Residence: Eugene, Oregon
Coach: Vin Lananna
800m 1:44.56 (2010)
800m(i) 1:46.36OT (2010)
1500m 3:30.90 (2010)
One Mile 3:51.74 (2008)
One Mile(i) 3:58.20OT (2010)
- 2010 NCAA Outdoor Champion, 800m and 1500m
- 2009 NCAA Outdoor Champion, 800m
- 2008 US Olympic Trials Runner-up, 800m
- 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships Runner-up, 800m
As a soccer and basketball player at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, Andrew Wheating had heard little about distance running until he ran 5 minutes for the obligatory soccer try-out mile, and was encouraged to find out about the school's cross country team. When a teacher showed the high school junior the film, "Without Limits" about the life and untimely death of distance legend Steve Prefontaine, Wheating was hooked. In cross country his senior year, Wheating went undefeated in his private school competitions, and placed a respectable 18th at the Footlocker Northeast Regionals. Following that showing, a school administrator introduced Wheating to famed coach Jeff Johnson, of nearby Lebannon, New Hampshire. In his one season under Johnson, Wheating quickly developed into one of the top middle distance prospects in the country, running 3:56 for 1500m. The result was good enough to secure Wheating a spot on the fall roster of the resurging track and cross country teams of the University of Oregon.
At Oregon, Wheating continued to improve in leaps and bounds. While many young collegiate athletes fall to the wayside when told to run nearly twice as many weekly miles as in high school, the surge in volume only made Wheating stronger. By the end of his freshman year, Wheating had taken off eight and nine seconds from his 800m and 1500m lifetime bests, respectively. The following spring, Wheating made history when he ran his first sub-four minute mile, 3:58.16, becoming the first Vermont native in history to break the four-minute barrier. But Wheating wasn't done writing himself into history. After finishing second in the 800m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Wheating, roared on by the rapturous fans at Hayward Field, repeated the finish in a thrilling 800m Olympic Trials final to qualify for his first Olympic Games.
Returning to Oregon as an Olympian, Wheating repeated as PAC-10 and NCAA Outdoor Champion at 800m in 2009, but an injury sustained at the end of the latter race curtailed any hopes of making the World Chamionship team that summer. In 2010, he opened his indoor season with a lifetime best at 800m, but that March, fell one one-hundreth of a second short of an NCAA Indoor title. Undaunted and racing judiciously, Wheating set his sights on closing out his career as an Oregon Duck in historic fashion at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held on his home track of Hayward Field. The Beijing Olympian won the 800m handily before returning the next day to lead an Oregon 1-2-3 finish at 1500m. Wheating is the first man since fellow Oregon duck Joaquim Cruz to win the 800m and 1500m at the NCAA Championships. Not dissimilar to Cruz, Wheating is proving to have the talent and mettle that could one day land him on the podium at the highest levels of the sport.