Derek Knabe
Derek Knabe
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Oak Hills
Event(s): Middle Distance/Distance


800m: 1:58.11 at the Otterbein Twilight Invitational (Westerville, Ohio), April 20, 2018

1,000m: 2:36.45 at the Rick Meindl Last Call (Columbus, Ohio), Feb. 20, 2016

1,500m: 4:06.67 at the DIII All-Ohio Outdoor Championships (Delaware, Ohio), April 14, 2018

MILE: 4:22.42 at the Polar Bear Final Qualifier and Multi (Ada, Ohio), March 2-3, 2018

3,000m: 9:24.29 at the Jessica Starks Open (Columbus, Ohio), Jan. 27, 2018

5,000m: 15:49.65 at the Otterbein April Fools Invitational (Westerville, Ohio), April 1, 2017

3,000S: 9:52.72 at the OAC Outdoor Championships (New Concord, Ohio), April 28-29, 2017

2017-18 (outdoor): Competed in distance races and relays … won the 800-meter race (2:00.29) and 4x400 (3:37.99) at the Muskie Invite on April 7-8 … placed fourth in the 1,500-meter race at the Otterbein April Fools Invitational (March 30) with a time of 4:09.20 … recorded eight top-10 finishes.

2017-18 (indoor): Competed in distance events … earned All-OAC honors with third-place finishes in the 800-meter (1:59.85) and 4x400 relay (3:27.56) at the OAC Indoor Championship (Feb. 23-24) … won the mile race at the Polar Bear Final Qualifier (March 2-3) with the second-best time in program history, 4:22.42 … ran a 2:38.81 to win the 1,000-meter race at the OAC South Split Meet (Jan. 19) … ran the fourth-fastest 800-meter race in program history to place second with a 1:59.63 at the Rick Meindl Last Call … earned 11 top-five finishes.

2016-17 (outdoor): Recorded a personal-best 9:52.90 in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Emory Invite on March 17, third-fastest time in school history ... ran ninth-fastest time in school history in the 5000-meter with a time of 15:49.65 at the Otterbein April Fools Invite ... placed first at the Muskingum Invitational All Ohio Multi Championships in the 800-meter and 1500-meter races with times in 2:00.00 and 4:13.36, respectively.

2016-17 (indoor): Ran the second-fastest 1000-meters in school history (2:36.45) at the Rick Meindl Last Call on February 20 ... time of 4:26.40 in the mile was the third-fastest in school history, recorded at the Joe Banks Invitational on February 4 ... 9:29.88 was the eighth-fastest time in school history recorded in the 3000-meter race, done at the OAC South Split Meet on January 23 ... ran the ninth-fastest 800-meters in school history at the Otterbein Invite on January 14 (2:06.31).

2015-16 (indoor): Versatility allowed him to compete in the 3,000-meter run, 4x400-meter relay, and distance medley relay … set a new personal best in the 1,000, timing out at 2:36.45 in his lone attempt at the event this indoor season, which also elevated him to second on the Capital top-10 list … won the 3,000 twice during the indoor season … his first win came in the season opener at the Capital Challenge (1/8) with a time of 9:38.78 … his second 3,000-meter win also established a new PR and ranks him eighth in Capital history with a time of 9:29.88 at the OAC Split Meet (1/23) … on each day that he won the 3,000, he also helped the Capital 4x4 team place second … at the Joe Banks Invitational (2/6) he placed second in the DMR (11:24.81) and third in the 1,000 (2:40.99) … jumped into fifth on the Capital top-10 list in the one mile (4:37.02) at the Jessica Starks Qualifier (3/4). 

2015-16 (outdoor): Competed in just three meets during the outdoor season … ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase three times and posted a best of 10:00.38 at the All-Ohio Championships (4/16), where he placed eighth … that time was also good to elevate him to fourth on the Capital top-10 list. 

2014-15 (indoor & outdoor): Earned six personal records this season... ran two a personal-best times at the Wittenberg Tiger Invitational (April 3) in the 800-meter run (2:07.58) and the 1500-meter run (4:25.59)... recorded a career-best time of 2:39.70 in the 1000-meter run on Feb. 27-28 at the OAC Indoor Conference Championships... at the Otterbein Invitational (1/17) ran a 4:48.12 in the mile, a season-best time... ran a personal-best time of 9:37.27 in the 3000-meter race at the Denison Lid Lifter (1/24)... raced a career-best time in the 3000 steeple chase of 10:10.35 at the DIII All-Ohio Championship Meet on April 11. 

Personal: Majoring in finance ... parents are Tom and Tracy Knabe ... won the Highlander award and all-conference in high school ... hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, and cliff jumping.