Monday, February 9, 2015

ICYMI: Lagat sets world masters' record in 3000 at New Balance Indoor GP...

In our haste to get out a post recapping the USA Cross Country Championships from Boulder, we completely missed posting highlights from Saturday’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet in the Boston suburb of Roxbury.

In the men’s 3000, the ageless Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca), stepping onto the track for the first time as a 40-year old, set a world masters record, running 7:48.33 in finishing second to Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel, who passed Lagat in the final straight to win in 7:48.19.

The men’s 1000 saw Cas Loxsom of the Brooks Beasts finish sixth in a time of 2:22.80, as Matthew Centrowitz of the Nike Oregon Project won in 2:17.00.

Riley Masters of the Beasts finished fourth in the mile, running 3:56.15, a new personal best, eclipsing his outdoor PR of 3:56.75 set last July in Cork, Ireland, and his former indoor best of 3:56.25 set two years ago.

Nick Willis of New Zealand won the race, running 3:51.61, the fastest time in the world this season.

The USTFCCCA released the week 3 national Division I computer rankings, with Oregon the country’s #1 mens squad, and Georgia the top women’s team.

Rounding out the top five men’s teams are Florida, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Penn State.  Florida, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oregon are ranked #2-5 by the computer on the women’s side.

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