Coburn, McLaughlin, Martinez, Simpson Break DMR World Record

The quartet of Emma Coburn, Sydney McLaughlin, Brenda Martinez, and Jenny Simpson broke the distance medley relay world record with a time of 10:40.31 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Coburn got things started in the 1200m with a 3:18.40 split. High school Olympian McLaughlin split 52.32 on the 400m, putting the U.S. team slightly ahead of the New Balance Europe team. Martinez pulled away from the European squad with a 2:01.92 800m split, setting things up for Olympic bronze medalist Simpson. 

Simpson ran a solo effort of 4:27.66 in the 1600m to break the world record by two seconds.


"All of us were in Rio and had long seasons," Coburn told NBC. "It's a lot to ask to be in your peak form at this point."

"It was amazing," McLaughlin said. "I knew coming in that it was going to be a tough race but if we all did our part we would be able to get it done."

The previous indoor record of 10:42.57 was set in 2015 by Sarah Brown, Mahagony Jones, Megan Krumpoch, and Martinez.

With Caution, Emily Sisson Hopes For Fast Time At Houston Half Marathon

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HOUSTON (18-Jan) -- Emily Sisson has a very short résumé when it comes to the half marathon.  It is, nonetheless, impressive. 

In two starts at the distance, both at the United Airlines NYC Half in March of 2017 and 2018, she finished a close second to the winner.  In her first attempt she clocked 1:08:21 and was narrowly defeated by her training partner, Molly Huddle, who set the American record for an all-women's race: 1:08:19.  In the second, on a brutally cold and windy day, she lost by just one second to in a sprint finish to Ethiopia's Buze Diriba, clocking 1:12:24.  In those races, Sisson raced for position and wasn't focused on time.