The Millrose Games have come and gone, and like the years passed, it brought us some incredibly fast times. Bernard Lagat was once again a staple in the event, though he wasn’t in the mile, and both the men’s and women’s races were record breaking.
In regards to the women’s side of things, the most impressive performance is a tough one to pick. With two records being broken, it doesn’t seem to fair to pick a better performance, but due to finishing place, we’ll give the performance to Alysia Montano. In the women’s 600M race, Montano took the win in striking form, smashing the American Record by three-plus seconds. Her time of 1:23:44 places her number 7th of all time in the event, less than a second off the world record.
Mary Cain continued to dominate as she ended up placing second in the women’s Millrose Mile in a high school record of 4:28.25. She finished only behind Shelia Reid (Nike sponsored runner) beating top collegiate standouts Emma Coburn of Colorado, Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth and Jordan Hasay of Oregon.
In the men’s Millrose Mile, World Championship Bronze Medalist Matthew Centrowitz was beaten in a kick by fellow Olympian Lopez Lomong. Centro was in charge of the race when it counted, but even though he looked good, Lomong snuck in for the win. Collegiates Chris O’Hare, Ryan Hill and Lawi Lalang all dipped under 3:55.
In the men’s 600M, spectators came in believing they would be watching a shootout between new 600M American Record holder Duane Solomon and Olympian Nick Symmonds. While the pair did duke it out, the surprise winner, and new American Record holder, was Eric Sowinski. The former Iowa standout blew past Solomon on the final stretch for the win, while Symmonds faded and was a non-factor.
The run of the night though, belongs to the seemingly ageless great, Bernard Lagat. After winning the race in 8:09:49, Lagat reclaimed his American Record from Galen Rupp, and at this moment, holds every American Indoor Record from the 1500M to the 5K.
Though he was off on every split, Lagat dug deep and was able to recover on the final lap to hit a new American Record time. Nike runner Andrew Bumbalough came in second running 8:13:02, followed by Cam Levins, and teammate Evan Jager who both ran 8:14.