Two weeks after setting the national high school indoor record for the mile, Drew Hunter did even better despite not feeling 100 percent.
Hunter, from Loudoun Valley High in Purcellville, Va., ran 3:57.81 at the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York. He had run 3:58.25 at the Armory Track Invitational on Feb. 6.
The Oregon-bound Hunter has been fighting a cold for a few weeks. He settled into fifth and was struggling through the final 400 meters, according to MileSplit.com, but still was good enough for a national record.
He smartly opted not to run in the race against top-seeded professional runners and the pace was more to his liking in the race with lower-seeded pros. Johnny Gregorek won the race with a time of 3:56.57.
“Coming in here I just knew I wanted to be tough,” he said afterward, according to The Washington Post. “It’s nice knowing that I can run 3:57 and not feel great and know there is a lot more in the tank.”
Also at the Millrose Games, Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) junior Kate Murphy ran the fastest indoor mile in the United States by a high schooler this year. Murphy ran the New Balance Mile in 4:41.84 to beat the field by more than eight seconds. That snapped the meet record of 4:46.06 set by Caroline Alcorta.
“I was trying to go after a fast time,” Murphy told The Washington Post. “I was trying to dip under 4:40. I know I’m there. Maybe not at this exact point, but I know I’m there. I just didn’t have my legs at the finish.”