O'HARE SHATTERS NCAA MILE RECORD AT MILLROSE GAMES
Feb. 16, 2013
NEW YORK CITY -
Tulsa senior Chris O'Hare shattered the collegiate mile record at the 106th Millrose Games clocking a time of 3:52.98 in the Wanamaker Mile Saturday night at The Armory.
O'Hare's time of 3:52.98 obliterated the time of 3:54.54 set last year at the Millrose Games by BYU's Miles Batty. O'Hare's mark also is the second fastest time by a British athlete, and shattered his old personal best of 3:56.48, which also happened to be the school record.
"Its fantastic," O'Hare commented. "It is a great honor to be associated with such great athletes that have held that record in the past, and the great athletes that will hold it in the future. I was grateful to run in such a high-profile meet, and I was ecstatic to get that time to set the collegiate record."
O'Hare earned a fourth-place showing going up against some of the world's best athletes, including race-winner Lopez Lomong, a two time USA Outdoor 1,500-meter champion, Matthew Centrowitz, a 2011 World Outdoor bronze medalist and Olympian Ciaran O'Lionaird.
"It is a great experience to run against such great athletes," O'Hare stated. "I'm glad I had the honor and opportunity to run against them, and was happy I made the most of it."
"I'm proud of Chris," commented Head Coach Steve Gulley. "We feel fortunate that he represented the University in such a high standard today. He went out today and ran the fastest collegiate mile in history, which is a hard thing to grasp."
The race, along with the rest of the Millrose Games will be re-aired tomorrow on ESPN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
106th Millrose Games
The Armory, New York City
Men's Wanamaker Mile
1. Lopez Lomong (Nike Oregon TC) - 3:51.21 MR
2. Matthew Centrowitz (Nike) - 3:51.34
3. Ciaran O'Lionaird (Nike Oregon TC) - 3:52.10
4. Chris O'Hare (Tulsa) - 3:52.98 CR
5. Lawi Lalang (Arizona) - 3:54.56
6. Ryan Hill (NC State) - 3:54.89
7. Garrett Heath (Saucony) - 3:55.55
8. Ryan Gregson (Nike) - 3:55.97
9. Donn Cabral (Nike) - 4:00.21
10. Liam Boylan-Pett (NJ/NY TC) - 4:05.49
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