Nowadays, people usually break 4 minutes for a mile on an indoor track first before doing it outdoors. In 2014, Penn’s Thomas Awad broke the 4 minute mile barrier at the Penn Relays to win the Men’s Development Mile in 3:58. I wondered then when he would do that for the indoor mile. He came close last year when he ran 4:00.20.
well, he finally did it today, nearly causing an upset like he did as a sophomore. At today’s Millrose Games, Awad stayed within the top 6 of the race for the first 1,209 meters. He ultimately started to move up when the pacer Ford Palmer finished his rabbiting duties.
Awad was the leader at the bell lap – just ahead of pros Julian Mathews and Columbia alum Johnny Gregorek. Gregorek and Mathews began their kick going into the final turn while Awad tried to hang on. Gregorek powered to the win in a new lifetime best of 3:56.57 (Gregorek’s previous best was 3:57.47) while Mathews finished a step ahead of Awad for second overall – 3:56.91 to 3:57.03. Gregorek’s final lap was covered in 27.79 while Awad’s was 28.47. Princeton alum Joe Stilin finished 9th overall in 4:02.34.
Awad’s time is a new lifetime best and a new Ivy League record. It is also currently the second fastest time in the NCAA behind Syracuse’s Justyn Knight 3:56.87 and ahead of Akron’s Clayton Murphy 3:57.11. We still have two weekends of NCAA competition left, so we will be keeping our fingers crossed that Awad’s time is good enough to qualify as the top 16 will make the cut.
Earlier in the day, Princeton sophomore Noah Kauppila finished 5th in the men’s 800m with a new indoor best time of 1:49.67 – just slightly behind his all-time best of 1:49.58. The time ranks him second in the conference rankings, His teammate Garrett O’Toole finished 8th in the event with a time of 1:51.69. The event was won by Olympian Duane Soloman in 1:47.52.
Dartmouth alumna Abbey D’Agostino was hoping for a IAAF or Olympics qualifying time in the women’s 5,000m race. Unfortunately, she was just shy of the mark. She finished 6th overall in 15:24.44 – the standard was 15:24.00. Princeton alumna Liz Costello finished 9th in 15:37.82. The race was won by Betsy Saina in 14:57.18.
Princeton alum Donn Cabral finished 11th in the men’s 3,000m run in 7:47.18 while his former teammate Justin Frick no heighted in the high jump. Cornell alumna Morgan Uceny had a clean race in the women’s Wanamaker Mile to finish 5th in 4:27.99.