Lagat Looking for US 2M Record at Millrose

By David Monti
(c) 2012 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
(used with permission)

(05-Dec) -- Bernard Lagat, the two-time Olympic medalist who won a
record eight Wanamaker Miles, is hoping for more Millrose Games magic
at the 2013 edition of the meet on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Armory Track
 & Field Center in New York City.

Lagat, 37, returns to America's oldest and most famous indoor track meet
after setting a USA indoor record of 13:07.15 at 5000m at the meet last year.
This time, he'll be trying for the American two-mile mark of 8:09.72 set last
year by Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp. Lagat used to hold that record, clocking 8:10.07 at the NYRR Deuce Challenge at the Armory in 2011, and he wants it

"Running in New York has always been a great experience for me," Lagat said through a statement provided by meet organizers. "I am really proud of my record at
the Millrose Games. I am looking forward to running my best 2-mile ever indoors in February. I know there will be a good and knowledgeable crowd there and that
 makes it a lot of fun."

Lagat was pushed at last year's Millrose Games by training partner Lawli Lalang, the University of Arizona standout from Kenya who won the 2011 NCAA Cross
 Country title. Lalang, who ran an NCAA record 13:08.28 at Millrose last year, will also be running the two-mile this year, organizers said. Other athletes in
 the race include Canadian Olympian Cam Levins and reigning Atlantic Coast Conference 1500m champion Ryan Hill of North Carolina State.

"The Armory track produces great races and this should be another one to relish," said Armory Foundation Executive Director Norb Sander.

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