Utah teens continue dominance in mile run

May 25 2013 - 11:13pm

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Sarah Feeny
Sarah Feeny

Three Utah prep distance runners performed well on the national stage Saturday afternoon.

Ogden High junior Sarah Feeny ran in the adidas Dream Mile high school girls race in New York City, finishing eighth in the elite field at Randall's Island, N.Y.

Feeny's time of 4:46.24 is the fastest time ever run by a Utah prep girl athlete. According to Utah officials, her time converts to 4:44.57 for the 1,600 meters. The time topped the old record of Davis' Candace Eddy, who ran 4:48.10 in 2007.

In Saturday's race, Davis High senior Shea Martinez ran in 4:55.50 to finish 14th overall. Wesley Frazier won the race in 4:39.47.

Just a few minutes before the girls race, Park City's Ben Saarel also broke the Utah mile record and nearly ran into the record books.

Saarel, a senior, used a strong final-lap kick to win the boys Dream Mile in 4:02.72. This converts to a 1,600-meter mark 4:01.31, making it the fastest ever for a Utah athlete. The previous best was 4:03.04 by Davis' Brad Nye set in 2012 in the Dream Mile.

Weather conditions were anything but ideal for runners, with a wet track and winds gusting up to 25 MPH on the back stretch.

Race announcers said they believed Saarel would have likely eclipsed the 4-minute mark had conditions been better. Only five high school athletes in history have run a sub four-minute mile.

The races were organized to put top prep runners in a position to reach low marks.

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