Meb Keflezighi Named USOC Male Athlete of the Month
2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi was named April’s Male Athlete of the Month by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist defeated the fastest men’s field in history, holding off Kenya’s Wilson Chebet to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years. Keflezighi is the first U.S. men’s champion since Greg Meyer in 1983.
Keflezighi crossed in 2:08:37 to better his PR of 2:09:08 from the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. Keflezighi, who won the 2009 New York City Marathon, became the first American to win the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon and capture an Olympic medal.
60th Anniversary of Roger Bannister’s Sub-4 Minute Mile
Tuesday marks the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister’s sub-4 minute mile, the first in history, on May 6, 1954. Across the globe, media and track & field fans alike are lauding Sir Roger’s accomplishment.
Just six weeks after Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 3:59.4, Australia’s John Landy did so as well, turning in a time of 3:57.9. It took nearly a year for someone to do it again and only 22 men had accomplished the feat by 1960. Track & Field News has compiled a list of American men who have broken the sub-4 barrier, beginning with Don Bowden in 1957.
Payton Jordan Invite Proves Impressive for Americans True & Huddle
Ben True’s photo finish in the men’s 5,000 meters highlighted American performances at the Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford University.
True crossed in 13:02.74 for a nine-second PR, just edging Somalia’s Hassan Mead in 13:02.80.
2013 USARC Champion Molly Huddle finished second in the women’s 10,000 meters in 30:47.59, a new PR. Huddle moves ahead of Deena Kastor and into second on the all-time U.S. 10,000-meter list. Shalane Flanagan is No. 1 on the list, with several times faster than Huddle's, including a best of 30:22.22.
Colorado’s Shayala Kipp, a 2012 Olympian, won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:39.12, while Katie Mackey was third in the women’s 5,000 meters in 15:04.74.
Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe recorded a huge PR in the women’s 5,000 meters, crossing in 15:11:13 to turn in the NCAA’s top time in 2014.
Complete Payton Jordan Invitational results can be found here.