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Josh Kerr - Cross Country - University of New Mexico Lobos Athletics

Josh Kerr




Edinburgh, Scotland

Previous School

George Watson's College

Won three NCAA titles, eight Mountain West titles and set the collegiate record in the 1500-meter run
2017 XC: Saw action at five meets, including the NCAA Championships … made his season debut at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing 18th overall and second on the team via his time of 24:09.1 … finished third for UNM and 132nd overall at the Wisconsin Invitational, running 24:57.2 … led New Mexico at the Mountain West Championships, placing seventh overall (24:01.47) and earning All-MW honors … paced the Lobos again at the NCAA Mountain Regional, running to 15th overall and All-Region honors with his time of 30:45.3 … earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, placing 224th overall (32:04.68).
2018 Indoors: Saw action in four meets, including the NCAA Championships… placed second in the mile at the NYRR Millrose Games where he set a UNM record (3:54.72)… helped his team set a UNM record in the DMR at the Mountain West Championships (9:24.73*) where they finished in first place, he ran the 1600-meter leg in 3:58.2… finished in first place in the mile at the NCAA Championships (3:57.02).
2018 Outdoors: Competed in four meets… set a UNM record and placed first at the Bryan Clay Invitational in the 1500 (3:35.01)… placed first in the 1500 at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 3:44.69… finished in third place in the 1500 at the NCAA Championships (3:45.02).

2016 XC:
Redshirt season, did not compete
2017 Indoors
: Posted a tremendous indoor campaign in the middle-distance events, capping the season with his first individual NCAA title … opened the season at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, running 1:50.75* in the 800 to place second … doubled in the 800 and mile at the New Mexico Team Invitational, winning the mile in 4:02.29* and taking fifth in the 800 (1:58.62*) … punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships via his first-place time of 3:58.04* in the mile set at the Don Kirby Invitational … won the mile and helped anchor the Lobos’ distance medley relay team to a victory at the Mountain West Championships, running 3:58.11* in the mile and splitting 4:02.2 in the 1,600-meter leg of the DMR … at the NCAA Championships, upset Oregon’s Edward Cheserek to win the national title in the mile wit a time of 4:03.22 … became the first Lobo to win the NCAA title in the mile since Lee Emanuel in 2010.
2017 Outdoors: Backed up his incredible indoor season with an even more dominant outdoor campaign … ran at just four meets, but made the absolute most of his opportunities … made his season debut at the Bryan Clay Invitational, shattering the New Mexico and Mountain West records in the 1,500-meter run with his winning time of 3:35.99 … that time moved him to sixth in NCAA history in the 1500 and earned him USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors … added two more wins at the Mountain West Championships, first earning the conference crown in the 1500 (3:41.87*) before gutting out the victory in the 800 (1:47.51*) … advanced through the NCAA West Preliminary Round, placing 11th in the quarterfinals of the 1500 with a time of 4:00.07 … added to his collection of NCAA titles at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, as he won the 1500 in 3:43.03 … he became just the 11th athlete in NCAA history — and the first since 2008 — to accomplish the indoor/outdoor sweep

2015 XC:
Competed a four meets for the Lobos … opened with a scoring effort at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing 71st overall (and fourth on the team) with a time of 24:51.5 … scored again a tthe Wisconsin Invitational, placing 139th overall (and fifth on the team) with a time of 24:41.4 … added a scoring performance at the Mountain West Championship, taking 37th in 28:16.58 … ran at the NCAA Mountain Regionals, but did not finish.
2016 Indoors
: Did not compete
2016 Outdoors: Ran at six meets, including the NCAA Championships … opened his season with a winning performance in the 800 at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open, running 1:50.60* … got his first action in the 1500 at the Bryan Clay Invitational, clocking a third-place time of 3:42.09 … took fourth in his race of the 1500 at the Payton Jordan Invitational, running 3:42.30 … won the metric mile at the Mountain West Championships, out-kicking the field on the homestretch for a winning time of 3:50.89 … qualified to the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 1500, placing seventh in the 1500 (3:43.67) at the meet to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon … at the NCAA Championships, placed fifth in the prelims via a superb 3:41.08 race, before finishing 10th in the finals in 3:50.

Won the 1500-meter run at the 2015 European Junior Championships, 2015 England Athletics U20 Championships, 2014 Scottish Schools’ and 2015 Scottish Schools’ Championships … took home top honors in the 800 at the 2014 and 2015 Scottish Schools Championships … ran his metric-mile PR of 3:44.12 in a section win at the 2015 BMC Grand Prix … claimed victory in the 1500 and 3000 at the 2014 England Athletics U17 Championships … won the 2014 Scottish National Short Course XC Championships

Parents are John and Jill Kerr … has one sibling, Jake … favorite food is streak and favorite athlete is Andy Vernon … majoring in exercise science


  • USTFCCCA First-Team All-American: 2017 (Mile, 1500), 2018 (Mile, 1500)
  • USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American: 2016 (1500)
  • USTFCCCA Moutain Region Athlete of the Year: 2018 (Outdoor, Indoor)
  • USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week: Feb. 6, 2018, April 23, 2018
  • All-Mountain West Indoor Team: 2017 (Mile), 2018 (Mile, DMR)
  • All-Mountain West Outdoor Team: 2016 (1500), 2017 (800 & 1500), 2018 (1500)
  • Mountain West Indoor Champion: 2018 (Mile, DMR)
  • Mountain West Outdoor Champion: 2018 (1500)
  • Mountain West Track Athlete of the Week: Jan. 24, 2017, April 17, 2017, Feb. April 23, 2018,
  • Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year: 2018

* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol