Craig Engels

Birthday: 05/01/94 Mile PR: 3:54.5 (road) - 2017
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:35.95 - 2017
High School: Ronald Reagan HS
Hometown: Pfafftown, NC
College: University of Mississippi ’17 / transfer from North Carolina State
Current Residence: Portland, OR

Team: Oregon Project

Craig Engels, with or without his famed mullet and mustache, is an emerging Mile talent as evidenced by his 2017 season. At the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento last June, the North Carolina native finished fourth in the 1500 meters just missing a Team USA berth for the London World Championships, and in August, he won the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile in 4:00.19 and the inaugural Ed Murphey Mile, clocking 3:58.35, the first sub-4 ever in Memphis, Tennessee.

At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Craig finished an impressive 4th in the 800 meters (a PR 1:46.03) and fifth in the 1500 meters (a then PR 3:37.66); again just missing Team USA spots.

The 6-time North Carolina high school state champion was a member of the North Carolina State track and cross country teams from 2012-14 before transferring to the University of Mississippi where he earned NCAA All-American honors 6 times.

Engels also won the 1500m gold medal (3:53.12) at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Colombia.

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News

2018 Camel City Elite Fields Announced

November 29, 2017

International fields include Bishop-Nriagu, Chelimo, Cheserek, D’Agostino, Engels and Manzano; event record guaranteed prize purse exceeds $85,000

From JDL Fast Track

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – JDL Fast Track has begun finalizing the fields for the 6th Camel City Elite indoor meet to be held in...

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Memphis area high school distance runners inspired, amazed by pros at inaugural Murphey Mile

September 05, 2017

"And the crowd... it was like a Friday night football game. We're not really used to that.”

By John Varlas, USA TODAY Network

Nick Dwyer was the busiest man at the Christian Brothers High School track last Saturday. But when he got a chance to gather his wits and take a look around, he was...

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Newcomers Engels, Fields Kick to Win Aetna Falmouth Mile

August 20, 2017

Griffin, Connolly capture boys & girls Tommy Cochary High School Mile titles

By Jon Mettus, Cape Cod Times

FALMOUTH -- On Saturday evening, it was the newcomers who came out on top at the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile at Falmouth High School with Craig Engels picking up his first professional win...

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Track’s Fastest Mullet Is Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

August 12, 2017

Craig Engels' famous hair-and-’stache combo in the running world has been chopped to benefit charity.

By Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner's World

Craig Engels has long turned heads for his fast running—and his flowing locks.

At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track Trials, he was fourth in the 800 meters...

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Q&A with Craig Engels on Nike Oregon Project, breaking out and chasing sub-4

July 14, 2017

When I pulled up on Matt Centrowitz, the defending gold medalist at the Olympics, I was like ‘OK, I got this.’

By Pat Price for Citius Mag

Craig Engels, the Ole Miss Miler with a mean mullet, recently signed a professional contract to join the Nike Oregon Project training group. He finished...

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Engels leaves mark on Ole Miss track & field

June 22, 2017

Rising U.S. Mile star sports an attention-getting mustache and mullet combination: “I feel like if I can bring something different to the sport then common folk will get into it.”

By Que'Taurus Certion, The DM Online

Craig Engels finished his career as an Ole Miss Rebel track runner as a...

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Race among the best includes Engels

June 07, 2012

By Mason Linker, Winston-Salem Journal

PFAFFTOWN, N.C. - Craig Engels of Reagan, who has become one the nation's top prep middle-distance runners over the past 18 months, will end his high school career Saturday in New York City.

He will be among 14 high-school-age runners invited to compete...

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