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Sunday, 08 February 2015 17:24

Simpson Sets 2-Mile AR at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

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Jenny Simpson on her way to an American record in the 2-mile. Jenny Simpson on her way to an American record in the 2-mile. PhotoRun.net

Records were broken in bunches at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on 2/7, with two world and one national mark falling on an exciting evening.

The Team New Balance USA quartet of Sarah Brown, Mahogany Jones, Megan Krumpoch, and Brenda Martinez combined to time 10:42.57 for the distance medley relay, shattering the previous world indoor best of 10:50.98. Second New York All Stars 10:42.79 and third New Balance Ireland 11:03.07 what is European indoor all-time best. The team’s performance kicked off what would be a night of fast performances on the newly resurfaced Reggie Lewis Center track, as American Jenny Simpson broke the national record for two miles and Bernard Lagat set a world masters best for 3000m. Sub 7:50 also for Hassan Mead 7:48.72 and Will Leer 7:48.80.

Returning here one year after mistakenly miscounting laps (and costing herself a shot at the two-mile national record), Simpson toed the line tonight with motivation. She knew Regina Jacobs’s 9:23.38 time from 2002 was well within reach as she clocked 9:18.35. Ethiopians clearly behind her, Sentayehu Ejigu 9:27.05, Buze Diriba 9:29.03 PB and Gotytom Gebreslase 9:31.41 PB. Taking to the track for the first time since he turned 40, Bernard Lagat wanted to set a record of his own: the masters indoor world record for 3000m. Winner Dejen Gebremeskel clocked 7:48.19. Second Bernard Lagat was still pleased with his 7:48.33 performance, obliterating the previous world master‘s record of 8:01.44. 

In the men’s mile, New Zealand’s Nick Willis was a man on a mission. Having just completed a stint training at altitude in Flagstaff, Ariz., the 2008 Olympic silver medalist over 1500m felt sharp entering and achieved 3:51.61 for the new Oceanian Indoor record and World lead. Second Ben Blankenship 3:53.13 PB and third Moroccan World medalist Abdelaati Iguider 3:54.41 indoor PB. The women‘s 2000m was won by Ethiopia‘s Dawit Seyaum in 5:35.46.

While the discipline is rarely contested, Seyaum’s time is the third fastest ever run indoors. Sally Kipyego, fresh off of a training camp in Kenya, finished second in 5:40.35, while steeplechaser Emma Coburn took third in 5:41.11.

Executing a finely timed kick, Nike Oregon Project‘s Treniere Moser swung wide to pass teammate Mary Cain with a straightaway remaining in the women‘s 1000m, going on to win in 2:37.86 WL. Cain got 2:38.25 over Molly Beckwith-Ludlow 2:39.16.

Another Nike Oregon Project victory came in the men’s 1000m, as Matthew Centrowitz timed a meet record of 2:17.00 WL. He was followed by Patrick Casey 2:18.30 PB and Erik Sowinski 2:19.12. Trell Kimmons with 6.51 beat legendary Asafa Powell 6.52 and Mike Rodgers 6.53 (6.52 in heats) in close 60 m battle. Another World lead in shot put by Ryan Whiting 21.43 beating Christian Cantwell 20.83. Women’s 60m went to Trinidad’s sub-11 sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye 7.15 over relay World record holder Tianna Bartoletta 7.19.

Top 3 clocked personal bests in the 300m: Tiffany Townsend 36.74, Natasha Hastings 36.80 and Jessica Beard 37.32. Chaunte Lowe won the high jump (188) and Mary Saxer with 450 the pole vault on count back over Melissa Gergel and Olympic winner Jenn Suhr, both also 450.

EME News with help from RRW

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