NEW YORK – Bernard Lagat lagged behind his planned pace for the entire 2 miles of his race at the Millrose Games.
He still set the record he came to break. The 38-year-old Lagat regained the American indoor mark Saturday with yet another victory at Millrose. He finished in 8 minutes, 9.49 seconds at the Armory to beat Galen Rupp’s time by just .23, then fell to the track in exhaustion.
He had hoped to go under 8:09, but he accomplished his goal – just barely. Lagat now owns the American indoor records at 1,500 meters, 1 mile, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 2 miles.
The Wanamaker was won by one of Lagat’s teammates on the U.S. Olympic 5,000-meter team at last year’s London Olympics. Lopez Lomong, who made the Beijing Games in the 1,500 in 2008, showed he still has the speed in the mile, holding off defending champ Matthew Centrowitz.
On the women’s side, Fredonia native and Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr won the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 3 inches. Lancaster’s Mary Saxer was third, at 14-5¼.
Another U.S. Olympian, Alysia Montano, also broke an American indoor record, winning the women’s 600 in 1:23.59.
The women’s Wanamaker was won by Canadian Olympian Sheila Reid, but the star of the show was the second-place finisher.
Sixteen-year-old Mary Cain of Bronxville, lowered her own high school record to 4:28.25. Reid was first in 4:27.02.
Oregon junior English Gardner won the women’s 60, beating two pros who earned Olympic gold medals as part of the U.S. 4x100 relay, Jeneba Tarmoh and Lauryn Williams.