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Lukas Verzbicas Triumphs At New Balance Indoors

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 14, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 14, 2011 at 6:49 AM UTC
Lukas Verzbicas is one of the best American high school distance runners of all time. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Lukas Verzbicas is one of the best American high school distance runners of all time. Photo: PhotoRun.net

He came within a fraction of a second of the national 2-mile record.

On Friday and over the weekend, high school senior Lukas Verzbicas proved to the world that he is one of the best American high school runners of all time. At the New Balance Indoor Championships, Verzbicas absolutely dominated the field there, winning three races: the mile, 2-mile, and 5000m.

His first victory was in the 5,000m on Friday night (14:05)  where he broke his own national record.

In the 2-mile, he came within less than a second of beating Gerry Lindgren’s 47-year-old record, running 8:40.70. Despite his impressive performance, Verzbicas was not happy. I felt horrible,” he said. “I did something bad in that race.” Second-place finisher Edward Cheserek broke the national sophomore record with an 8:42.66.

In his last race, the mile on Sunday, Verzbicas won in 4:10.67. “I got on the line and thought, what the hell am I doing?” he said. “I thought to try to win the mile and 2-mile, I did have it in me. This wasn’t for me. It’s really for my parents and all the people that support me because I really do have a lot of people that support me.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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