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February 3, 2011

Bernard Lagat hopes to set national indoor record

Bernard Lagat with Alan Webb -- Click image for post's permalinkLess than a month after his Wanamaker Mile winning streak came to an end at Madison Square Garden last week, Bernard Lagat will attempt to break the United States indoor two-mile record at another talent-heavy New York race, this one scheduled for Feb 12 at the Armory.

From an AP article at

Lagat, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., has never run an indoor two-mile as a professional. He's a seven-time Olympic and world championship medalist.

Lagat will chase the record at a college meet at the Armory. The field will include NCAA indoor 800-meter champion Robby Andrews of Virginia, former Stanford All-American Russell Brown and two pacesetters.

(See the full article at Sports Illustrated).

This year's Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden -- home of the Wanamaker event, in which Lagat had acquired a somewhat legendary status -- were watched more closely than usual by Marylanders as Loyola's Matt Jablonski finished second in the high school version of the mile.

Madeline Dulac of McDonogh also ran at the Millrose games this year. Previously, Maryland high school runners had been sparsely represented at the meet.

Getty Images file photo by Andy Lyons


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