Rupp Sets 2M AR, Cain Wins Mile at BU
While flirting with Kenenisa Bekele’s world record of 8:04.35 with a first mile in 4:01.6, Galen Rupp nonetheless held on to break the US 2M record of 8:09.49 set by Bernard Lagat. Rupp ran 8:07.41 a week after lowering Lagat’s US 5000m record to 13:01.26. The B.A.A.’s Brian Harvey would actually place 2nd in the race at 8:51.48 with Whirlaway’s Nick Karwoski 3rd in 8:51.55.
Following his record run, Rupp did a crazy 5xmile workout with a 400m rest starting at 4:21 and ending at 4:01! (Rupp post record workout photo by Kevin Morris)
The loaded women’s mile race included Oregon Distance Project runners Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay in the first of 11 sections. The only person preventing a 1-2 finish was Dartmouth NCAA champion Abbey D’Agostino. Mary Slaney’s AR was safe (by 4-seconds) but Mary Cain’s winning 4:24.1 was just 1/100ths of a second off the World Jr. record while breaking her own US Jr. mark by 4-seconds. In the duel for second, D’Agostino prevailed in 4:28.31 to Hasay’s 4:28.37.