Elle Purrier Stuns With 4:16.85 Mile U.S. Record At Millrose

With a sensational 62-second final 400 meters, 24-year-old American Elle Purrier smashed the U.S. indoor mile record in 4:16.85 and became the second-fastest woman ever in the event at the Millrose Games on Saturday in New York City.

The time bettered Mary Slaney’s 4:20.5 U.S. record from 1982 by nearly four seconds. Purrier now trails only Genzebe Dibaba (4:13.31) on the women’s indoor all-time list.

Purrier’s breakout victory came in a race where the top four women set national records and all broke 4:20. Konstanze Klosterhalfen (Germany) was second in 4:17.26, with Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie third in 4:17.88 and Canada’s Gabriela Debues-Stafford fourth in 4:19.73. All told, four of the eight fastest indoor miles of all-time were run on Saturday at the Armory, making it the greatest such event in history.

Defending champion Klosterhalfen appeared to have the race won when she gapped the trio of Debues-Stafford, Reekie and Purrier with 200m to run, but the American launched an attack on the back stretch that ultimately allowed her to overpower Klosterhalfen in the final 50 meters.

With the finish line in sight, Purrier, who was 11th in the 5000m this past fall at the world championships, swung into lane two to pass the struggling Klosterhalfen. Aside from just the time, a victory over the German is a significant win for the American as Klosterhalfen was the bronze medalist in the 5000m in Doha.

Not surprisingly, it was a PR party beyond just the top four women. The first seven finishers set personal bests, with Nikki Hiltz (4:24.45), Heather MacLean (4:25.98) and collegiate Dani Jones (4:27.88) finishing in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

10 Best Performances From The Weekend

Between more Mondo Duplantis' theatrics in Glasgow, a ridiculous road 5k world record in Monaco and plenty of excitement stateside, there was a lot to get excited about this past weekend in track and field.

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Don't Look Now... The NAU Lumberjacks Could Win NCAA Indoors

With just two weeks left to qualify for NCAAs a majority of the top-16 fields are coming into form on the distance side. And, NAU is currently slated to qualify ten entries across three distance events.

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Joshua Cheptegei Smashes Road 5k World Record In 12:51

A little over a month after Rhonex Kipruto took down Joshua Cheptegei’s road 10k world record, the Ugandan has answered back in a big way by running 12:51 on Sunday in Monaco to smash Kipruto’s 5k world record. Cheptegei cut a whopping 27 seconds off the 13:18 that the Kenyan ran on Jan. 12, a run that came en route to Kipruto’s 26:24 10k record.

Mondo Does It Again, Breaks Pole Vault World Record

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Mondo Duplantis is ushering in a new era of the pole vault, one centimeter at a time. Just a week removed from his world record clearance of 6.17m, the 20-year-old vaulted 6.18m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

U.S. Indoor Women's Preview: Can Purrier Chase Down Houlihan?

The most interesting match-up of the indoor season materialized quickly. Last Saturday evening at the Millrose Games, Elinor Purrier dropped a stunning 4:16.85 mile to break the American record and dispatch a stacked field in a race that turned into a festival of personal bests and national records. It was a career-defining race for Purrier. A run fast enough to legitimately raise the question if she could beat America’s best mid-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan. This weekend at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Purrier will have two chances (the 3000m on Friday and the 1500m on Saturday) to pull it off. 

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Weekend Watch Guide: Simpson, Jones Chase Fast 5k At BU

One of the busiest weekends of the 2020 indoor track season is upon us, and FloTrack has you covered with several live events across the country. Boston will once again host some of the top professional and collegiate distance runners in the U.S., including Jenny Simpson, Dani Jones and Tyler Day.

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The stakes for the 2020 USATF Indoor Championships were dramatically reduced in the wake of World Indoors being postponed due to the coronavirus. But prize money and bragging rights are incentive enough for the world’s fastest man and several top domestic distance runners this weekend in Albuquerque.

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House Of Run: What Is Purrier's Best Chance For A Medal?

Kevin and Jason discuss Mondo Duplantis’ world record, the American records by Elinor Purrier, Donavan Brazier and Ajee Wilson at the Millrose Games, Brazier’s NFL ambitions, Purrier’s path to a medal, Galen Rupp’s return to racing, Usain Bolt’s takes and Kenya’s Olympic jerseys

22 All-American-Caliber NCAA Athletes Who Have Yet To Compete In 2020

With just three weekends left to qualify for the 2020 DI NCAA Indoor Championships, we take a look at some notable 'potential scorers' who have yet to debut in their collegiate jerseys this season.

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