Both the men’s and women’s marks went down in Duluth on Sunday.
Last Sunday was all about the Mile in the state of Minnesota. According to the Duluth News Tribune, both the men’s and women’s course records were shattered in the Grandma’s Minnesota Mile.
The women’s winner was Gabrielle Anderson, who completed the classic distance in 4:21.3. This time obliterated the old mark of 4:35.6 that had been set by Carmen Douma-Hussar in 2010.
“I just completed my professional track season on Friday night in Brussels, Belgium, on the Diamond League circuit, competing against the best women in the world,” admitted the 27-year-old Anderson, who’s from Minneapolis. “I think the jet lag helped. … It’s easier on the way back, because my body thinks that it’s early evening right now, rather than morning, and I think that’s a little easier.”
The men’s race was also a record-setting affair, with 23-year-old Ben Blankenship coming across the line with a new improvement on the old mark.