Chris Solinsky Runs Blazing Mile In Seattle

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 13, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM UTC

It was his first race of the season.

At the Husky Classic held at the University of Washington this weekend, American 10,000m record holder Chris Solinsky showed the world that he can still run with the best in the middle-distance events. Solinsky, a former University of Wisconsin standout, clocked a blazing 3:54.52 mile, breaking the existing facility record for that distance and setting a new PR.

His time is also listed as a world-best this year.

“I’m happy it was a PR, and to do it almost all by myself, I’m really happy,” Solinsky said afterwards.

After trailing behind the rabbit for the first 600m, Solinsky was surprised to find himself in the lead so early. “I was definitely nervous, with all of those sharp college guys sitting right behind me,” he said.

In other Husky Classic news, Solinsky’s Oregon Track Club teammate, Tim Nelson, won the 3,000m race, beating out an extremely talented field with the likes of Garrett Heath, Matt Centrowitz, Alan Webb, Sam Chelanga, German Fernandez, Ian Dobson, and Stephen Pifer in the mix. His winning time was 7:49.95.

For More: Oregon Live

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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