Debbi Heald’s 40 + Year Old Record Is Crushed By 5.7 Seconds
January 26, 2013
Editor’s Note: This article has been replaced by a lengthier more detailed article here
The much celebrated national high school girls indoor mile record of 4:38.5 held by Debbie Heald, which had survived for 40+years and garnered a lot of attention including a great Runners World feature last year as it was the oldest girls track record on the books, is now history.
As expected, two weeks after shattering the national high school 3000 record, Bronxville’s Mary Cain shattered the girls high school mile mark by running 4:32.78 to place third in the elite women’s mile at the New Balance Games at the Armory.
Cain’s mark also is better than the fastest outdoor mile in US girls HS history – Polly Plumer‘s 4:35.24 from 1982. In terms of 1,500 conversions, today’s run would be the second greatest 1,500/mile performance indoors or out in US high school history, trailing only Cain’s own 4:11.01 that she ran outdoors last year at world juniors. Cain’s run today is the equivalent of about 4:12.7-8 for 1,500. Jordan Hasay previously held the US 1,500 junior record at 4:14.50.
In the elite men’s mile at the Armory, only one guy broke 4:00 as Craig Miller ran 3:56.90. The mile debut on the year for Olympic Trials 5th placer Robby Andrews didn’t go well. He faded and was next to last in 4:11.13.
Full results appear below.
More from the MB: *Mary Cain 4:32.78
*Why can’t I beat a high school junior girl?!? Mary Cain is to fast
*Cain’s last 100 was sub 15 in her 4:32.78 HSR Mile
*Robbie Andrews – what happened?
|Elite Women’s 1 Mile Run|
|1||Sarah Bowman||New Balance||4:31.61|
|4||Heather Wilson||NJ-NY TC||4:34.59|
|6||Cat Beck||CPTC – NB||4:40.12|
|7||Genevieve LaCaze||New Balance||4:41.68|
|Elite Men’s 1 Mile Run|
|1||Craig Miller||New Balance||3:56.90|
|2||James Brewer||New Balance||4:00.77|
|3||Michael Rutt||NJ-NY TC||4:00.89|
|4||Jack Bolas||New Balance||4:01.44|
|5||Liam Boylan-Pett||NJ-NY TC||4:02.06|
|6||Tom Lancashire||New Balance||4:03.41|
|7||Travis Mahoney||NJ-NY TC||4:03.44|
|8||Mark Draper||New Balance||4:05.28|
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