David Torrence Runs 3:53 To Win Long Island Mile, Seven Men Break 4:00





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24-year-old Kyle Merber has enjoyed a breakout year on the track in 2015, including a 3:34 1500 PR, so his 3:58.38 third place finish in the Hoka One One Long Island mile wasn’t exactly huge news by itself, but the young meet director of the inaugural event in his native New York was ecstatic about the turn out at St. Anthony’s High School to watch two competitive elite miles on Wednesday night.
 
“It was an amazing opportunity for Long Island to show the entire country how great our running community is here, and I think we did just that,” an elated Merber said after his race. 
 
Despite not coming away victorious, Merber must’ve been especially pleased with the men’s elite mile, which saw seven men break 4:00 in a race that marked the first sub-4 mile on Long Island in 17 years. 
 
The meet director followed his fellow NJ/NY teammate and pacer Declan Murray through a quick opening lap of around 56 seconds, bringing David Torrence and Garrett Heath with him as the rest of the field remained well back. Led by Merber, the three men passed halfway in 1:55. 
 
Heath took command of the lead at 1,000m in 2:24 with Merber and Torrence giving close pursuit, but as the trio hit the bell in 2:55, the crowd favorite Merber was beginning to fade, gassed from his early heroics. Heath and Torrence were well away with 300m to go, and with 150m to go it looked as if Heath was going to hold off his challenger. 
 
But it would ultimately be Torrence, who swung wide to pass Heath in the last 100m, who would end up as the inaugural champion in 3:53.91, with Heath settling for 2nd in 3:54.51. 
 
These two athletes are very familiar with each other, as they both competed collegiately in the Bay Area, Heath at Stanford and Torrence at Cal. Heath was 4th in the US 5,000m in June, while Torrence was 5th. 
 

The pair will get a quick rematch from tonight’s race as they will square off in the loaded 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday in New York City. 
 
The women’s mile was won by Amanda Eccleston in 4:29.99. Eccleston used a brilliant kick to pass Kerri Gallagher and Heather Kampf in the last 100m.

The performance was reminiscent of Eccleston's kick at Sir Walter Miler on August 7th when the Michigan alum finished second to World Championship qualifier Stephanie Garcia in a personal best of 4:29.06. In front of a similar roaring crowd Wednesday, Eccleston beat out World Championship qualifier Gallagher and 2015 U.S. road mile champion Kampf in a sprint finish.

Eccleston, Kampf and Gallagher will all meet again on Sunday for a rematch at the 5th Avenue Mile. 
 

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.