Running: Torrence and Hall Win 1 Mile Road Championships
Despite cool conditions and wet streets from an earlier light rain, David Torrence (Oakland, Calif.) and Sara Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) turned in fast times at the third USA 1 Mile Road Championships Thursday evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In earning his third consecutive title, Torrence ran a course record 3:58.4, minutes after Hall turned her women's course record of 4:30.8.
The event had gotten a recent stir of interest after Ryan Hall, arguably America's fastest marathon runner, had announced his late entry into the event. His last minute entry, and a statement that he wanted to work toward breaking four minutes in the mile, caused some to wonder if he might be trying to win the championship. As if often the case, Ryan jumped to the front and set a torrid pace, passing 400M in 61 seconds. But by the mid-point, Craig Miller had taken over and Hall would eventually finish 13th in 4:17:.2.
Hall garned interest after entering the race last week. Photo: USA Track and Field
In a replay of the previous two years, winner David Torrence waited until the course made a slight curve with 200 meters remaining to make his move, pulling away and hitting the tape in just under four minutes at 3:58.4.
In a close match-up for second, Braun ran 4:01.2 to edge out Miller who finished in 4:01.3.
Women's Race Claimed by Sara Hall
In the first of the evening's championship races, Amy Mortimer (Leonardville, Kan.) jumped to an early lead, putting 15 meters on the field at halfway as Sara Hall and local contenders Heather Kampf and Gabriel Anderson started to close the gap.
With Kampf and Anderson in tow, Hall took command of the race in the final 400 meters, opening a lead of just over five seconds by the time she hit the tape. Kampf took second in 4:35.9 as Anderson claimed third in 4:36.9.
You can watch video replays of the event on the Runnerspace.com web-site.
2011 1 Mile Road Championship