DHRU PATEL

Residence:          Minneapolis, Mn

Age:                      23 (11/14/96)

Hometown:       Skokie, Illinois

Occupation:      Accountant

College:              North Central College – Naperville, IL

                              B.S. in Accounting and Finance – May 2019

Personal Bests

1500m               3:55

Mile                   4:14

3000m               8:16

5000m               13:51

8000m               23:51

10,000m            28:50

7 Mile                34:44

15K                    45:10

10 Mile             48:37

Achievements

2020 - USATF 15K Championships 10th

 

2019 – USATF 10 Mile Championships 19th

2019 – NCAA DIII 5000m

Championships 1st

2019 – NCAA DIII 10,000m

Championships 1st

 

2019 – NCAA DIII 5000m Indoor

Championships 1st

 

2018 – NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships 1st

 

2018 – NCAA DIII 5000m Championships 1st

2018 – NCAA DIII 10,000m Championships 1st

Notes

Dhru ran cross country and track at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, making the varsity teams his junior and senior year and graduating in 2015. 

 

At North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, he became a standout athlete on the cross country and track teams.  By the time he finished his collegiate career in the spring of 2019, Dhru was a six time DIII National Champion and a 13 time DIII All American.  During his final year he set a DIII 5000m collegiate record of 13:51.4, a time that broke a previous record that stood for 42 years.

 

His National Championships include three times in the 5000m (indoor and outdoor), two times in the 10,000m, and in cross country.  During 2018-19, he was named the 2018 National Athlete of the Year in cross country, the 2019 National Athlete of the Year for indoor track, and the 2019 National Athlete of the Year in outdoor track and field.  Dhru is the only men’s athlete in DIII history to win all three awards in the same academic year.     

 

Dhru joined Minnesota Distance Elite in January 2020.

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