January 31, 2015
2014 was a special year for Shannon Rowbury as for the first time in her career, she broke 4:00 in the 1500, 8:30 in the 3000 and 15:00 in the 5000. 2015 may be even more special as she showed today at the Camel City Elite Races in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that she’s in supreme early season shape as she destroyed the field and facility record by winning the women’s Mellow Mile in 4:22.66, a new world leader.
Rowbury’s time makes her the fifth-fastest indoor miler in history (9th-fastest indoor performance ever), with two of the women ahead of her confirmed dopers and the other two suspicious in many people’s minds given their Eastern European origin.
The 5 Fastest Indoor Milers In History
- 4:17.14 Doina Melinte (Romania, 1990)
- 4:18.99 Paula Ivan (Romania, 1990)
4:20.5h Mary Slaney (USA, 1982)later busted for drugs 4:21.79 Regina Jacobs (USA, 2000)later busted for drugs
- 4:22.69 Shannon Rowbury (USA, 2014)
While the rest of the world normally runs the 1500, Rowbury’s time is still quite fast. It converts to about 4:03.2 in the 1500 which would have been the indoor world #3 in 2014 and 2013 and world #2 in 2013.
Former world #1 Morgan Uceny was the best of the rest as she won the three-way battle for second in 4:30.90 to Heather Kampf’s 4:31.24 and Stephanie Garcia’s 4:33.23. Heidi See was the only other woman under 4:40 in 4:34.69. High schooler Ryen Frazier was fifth in 4:41.56, a time which we believe moves her to #10 all-time in US indoor HS history.
The rabbit went close to 800 meters in this one running nice, fairly even splits (409 in 67, 809 in 2:14) but Rowbury clearly didn’t need any help today as once the rabbit was gone, Rowbury picked up the pace. Her last 200 was roughly a 32-low. Rowbury was clearly happy with her run as she gave high fives with fans during her victory lap before getting a warm hug from Cheryl Treworgy, Shalane Flanagan‘s mother.
Quick Take #1: Jenny Simpson, start training. You were the world #1 in 2014 but you are going to be totally on top of your game to be the US #1 in 2015.
Event 40 Women 1 Mile Run Mellow Mile ======================================================================= Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Rowbury, Shannon Nike Oregon Project 4:22.66 2 Uceny, Morgan Adidas 4:30.90 3 Kampf, Heather Asics/Team Usa MN 4:31.24 4 Garcia, Stephanie New Balance/Furm 4:33.23 5 See, Heidi Furman Elite 4:34.69 6 Frazier, Ryen Unattached 4:41.56 7 Staker, Ellie Embry-Riddle 4:44.37 8 Hamilton, Carly Georgia 4:49.27 9 Morton, Shannon Virginia Tech 4:50.34 10 Rempel, Karley North Carolina 4:51.39 11 Whelan, Elizabeth North Carolina 4:54.03 12 Paddon, Sarah Davidson 4:55.84 13 Wright, Megan Toledo 4:55.88 -- Salerno, Melissa Furman Elite DNF
Discuss this race in our forum: MB: Shannon Rowbury runs 4:22.69 at Camel City!! Moves to #5 all-time in world!!.
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