For the third consecutive year, Bernard Lagat brought the Armory crowd to its feet with an American Record performance. Following his 5000-meter record in 2012, and his two-mile record in 2013, Lagat ran 4:54.74 in the Paavo Nurmi 2000-meter run, breaking the previous mark by nearly four seconds.
The record run was just one highlight of a day’s worth of strong performances at the 107th NYRR Millrose Games, the first time the event featured NYRR as a title sponsor. The day began with a set of events for local club athletes, followed by a two-hour window of professional athlete races aired live on NBC Sports.
Fans who stayed to the end of the program were treated to a number of high school races that brought nation-leading performances, and the night closed with the Armory’s signature event, the 4x200-meter relay.
The results of all races are available here.
The New Balance High School Miles yielded two U.S. #1 times, from Luke Gavigan of Tappan Zee, NY in the boys’ race (4:08.96) and Caroline Alcorta of West Springfield, VA in the girls’ race (4:46.06).
Bronxville High School senior Mary Cain, now competing as a professional, won the NYRR Women’s Wanamaker Mile in 4:27.73, with her final lap timed in a blazing 29.7 seconds.
The Women’s Road to Rio 800 meters gave a possible preview of 2016’s Olympic final, with teenage athletes from around the world competing. The USA’s Ajee Wilson prevailed in 2:01.81, over challenges from Jenna Westaway of Canada and Anita Hinriksdottir of Iceland.
In the NYRR Men’s Wanamaker Mile, American Will Leer slingshot off the final banked curve to pass University of Arizona student Lawi Lalang and Nick Willis of New Zealand. Leer’s time, 3:52.47, was a personal best, and the electric finish drew a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.