Rupp Takes Down Lagat’s Two-Mile Record

Galen Rupp poses next to his new record on Saturday. Photo:

He did it for the late Geoff Hollister.

An interesting dynamic took part during last weekend’s packed indoor track schedule: On Saturday, Americans Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp exchanged records. For Lagat, he broke Rupp’s indoor 5,000m mark at the Millrose Games, while Rupp took down Lagat’s indoor two-mile record.

Rupp was competing at the USATF Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas and put down a blazing 8:09.72 for the two miles, bettering rival Lagat’s mark by under a second. Rupp had plenty of help getting him to the record. Former University of Wisconsin standout Craig Miller took the first turn playing the rabbit. After 1,800m, it was up to Andrew Bumbalough to help Rupp set the record.

“It was great. I was real happy,” recalled Rupp. Referring to the late Geoff Hollister who had been a Nike running legend, Rupp had this to say:  “Any time you break the American record is a great day. I didn’t feel good the last couple of days coming in so I slept a ton. You know I had to go for broke to do it for Geoff. As much as he’s done for the sport … He’s was the guy who kind of started our running groups in the country.”

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