Can Lagat Do It Again?
Eight-time Wanamaker Mile champion Bernard Lagat will continue his Millrose Games prominence when he tries to reclaim his American indoor record Feb. 16 at The Armory in a two-mile event against a collection of the world's finest young runners.
Lagat is currently owner of seven American records. In 2011, the four-time Olympian previously set the two-mile indoor mark after his 8:10.07 time at The Armory in February that broke a mark held for 21 years. He will try to make it a perfect 3-for-3 in attempts to secure American records at The Armory.
"Running in New York has always been a great experience for me," Lagat said. "I am really proud of my record at the Millrose Games. I am looking forward to running my best two-mile ever indoors in February. I know there will be a good and knowledgeable crowd there and that makes it a lot of fun."
During last year's 5,000m event in the Millrose Games, Lagat (13:07.15) held off training partner and University of Arizona standout Lawi Lalang (13:08.25) and in doing so surpassed Galen Rupp's American 13:11.44 indoor record.
Lalang, a three-time NCAA champion whose time in the Millrose Games' 5k established a collegiate record, will reunite with Lagat in the 106th Millrose Games’ two-mile race. They will be joined by multiple 2012 NCAA champion and Olympic finalist Cam Levins and Ryan Hill of North Carolina State University, who holds the American college record in the 3,000m run.
"The Armory track produces great races and this should be another one to relish," said Armory Foundation Executive Director Norb Sander.
Lagat has turned New York City into arguably his favorite location. Performing on the Big Apple stage, Lagat owns: a Millrose Games-record eight Wanamaker Mile titles, 5k and two-mile American indoor records; and 2011 New York Road Runners' Fifth Avenue Mile title. Last year Galen Rupp bettered Lagat's two-mile indoor American record with a 8:09.72 in the USATF Classic in Arkansas.
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