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Indoor Mile World Record Set (in Boston!)

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Bruce Lehane Invitational Mile
Boston University Track and Tennis Center; Boston, MA, USA; Sunday, March 3
200m Banked Synthetic track

Photo: A pacer leads eventual word record holder Yomif Kejelcha at BU. Photo by Kevin Morris

NOTE: At these specially-arranged races which took place at the conclusion of the ECAC & IC4A Indoor Championships (results below), Yomif Kejelcha smashed Hicham El Guerrouj’s 22 year-old indoor world record for the mile, clocking 3:47.01. Behind him, Johnny Gregorek became only the second American to break 3:50 indoors, just missing Bernard Lagat’s national indoor record by 9/100ths of a second. Eight of the nine finishers on the men’s side set PB’s.

 

Photo by Kevin Morris

Also, Kejelcha’s 1500m split was 3:31.25, just missing Samuel Tefera’s recent world indoor record of 3:31.04. BTW, Kejelcha, Gregorek, Sam Prakel, Henry Wynne and Craig Engels all banked 2019 IAAF World Championships qualifying marks (3:53.10 or better for the mile or 3:36.00 or better for the 1500m) –Ed.
NOTE II: The BU facility is small in terms of seating, but the track was built to a high technical standard. Also, USADA was called in to test Kejelcha so his record can be ratified by IAAF –Ed.

MEN
1. Yomif Kejelcha, Nike Oregon Project (ETH) 3:47.01 WR*
2. Johnny Gregorek, Asics 3:49.98 PB (USA #2 all-time)
3. Sam Prakel, adidas 3:50.94 PB
4. Henry Wynne, Brooks Beasts TC 3:51.26 PB
5. Craig Engels, Nike Oregon Project 3:53.89 PB
6. Rob Napolitano, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:54.28 PB
7. Jeremy Hernandez, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:55.66 PB
8. Travis Mahoney, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:57.86 PB
9. Kyle Merber, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:57.92
Erik Sowinski, Nike DNF (pace)
Jesse Garn, Hoka NJ-NY TC DNF (pace)
Harun Abda, Nike Oregon Track Club DNF (pace)
Christian Harrison, Boston AA DNF (pace)
*World indoor record, pending ratification; previous 3:48.45, Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR), Gent, 12-Feb-1997

1500m En Route Times (FAT):
1. Yomif Kejelcha, Nike Oregon Project (ETH) 3:31.25 PB/#3 all-time
2. Johnny Gregorek, Asics 3:35.21 PB
3. Sam Prakel, adidas 3:35.66 PB
4. Craig Engels, Nike Oregon Project 3:35.79 PB
5. Henry Wynne, Brooks Beasts TC 3:36.09 PB
6. Rob Napolitano, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:37.14 PB
7. Jeremy Hernandez, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:37.90 PB
8. Travis Mahoney, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:41.66
9. Kyle Merber, Hoka NJ-NY TC 3:41.74

WOMEN –
1. Ce’Aira Brown, Hoka NJ-NY TC 4:28.12 PB
2. Heather MacLean, New Balance Boston 4:29.74 PB
3. Helen Schlachtenhaufen, Saucony Freedom TC 4:31.78
4. Danielle Aragon, Hoka NJ-NY TC 4:31.79
5. Katrina Coogan, New Balance Boston 4:32.95 PB
6. Megan Mansy, Hoka NJ-NY TC 4:33.90
7. Stephanie Schappert, Hoka NJ-NY TC 4:33.90 PB
8. Jamie Morrissey, Hoka NJ-NY TC 4:40.83
Emily Richards, Hoka NJ-NY TC DNF (pace)

 

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