Eric Jenkins

Birthday: 11/24/91 Mile PR: 3:49.4 (road) - 2016
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:35.94 - 2016
High School: Portsmouth HS
Hometown: Portsmouth, NH
College: University of Oregon '15
Current Residence: Portland, OR

Team: Oregon Project

Eric Jenkins finished an impressive 4th in the 5000m at the 2016 Olympic Trials, however two of his most notable professional wins came when he has stepped down in distance to race the Mile. At the 2016 NYRR 5th Avenue Mile he ran 3:49.4, just edging Rio Olympic 1500m champion and teammate Matthew Centrowitz at the line for the surprise win. Also in New York City, at the 2017 Millrose Games, Eric won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile crown in a time of 3:53.23, a personal track record, world leading time and #10 U.S. male indoors all-time.

Jenkins first broke the coveted 4-minute Mile mark as a sophmore at Northeastern University, running 3:59.18 at the 2012 BU Valentine Invitational. In the summer of 2013, he transfered to the University of Oregon where he helped lead the Ducks to an NCAA Indoor title and two NCAA Outdoor titles. As a collegiate athlete Eric had success over a wide range of distances from earning USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-American in the 1500m as a true freshman to finishing 10,000m runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships his senior year.

FUN FACT: Jenkins set six New Hampshire high school track & field records while at Portsmouth High: 1500m (4:04.56), 1600m (4:15.10), 3000m (8:53.10), 5000m (15:16.20), Mile (4:28.33) and 2 Miles (9:24.66).

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News

World Championship Medalists Highlight Field at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

August 24, 2017

Eric Jenkins, Jenny Simpson return to defend event titles; iconic road Mile race to air live on NBC and to feature 23 heats throughout the day, including specialty heats for youth, seniors, NYPD / FDNY and the first-ever Borough Battle

By New York Road Runners

NEW YORK — The 2017 New Balance...

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The Best Mile Moments of 2016

December 28, 2016

Two more U.S. high school boys go sub-4, Drew Hunter and Michael Slagowski; two historic Olympic 1500 medals won in Rio by Matthew Centrowitz (gold) and Jenny Simpson (bronze); $480,000-plus record prize money awarded; third BBTM Grand Prix Tour sets records and more highlight banner year

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Simpson supreme again, Jenkins surprises at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

September 03, 2016

36th edition produces three women sub-4:20, two men sub-3:50; record 17 women sub-4:30 and record tying 17 men sub-4

From NYRR

NEW YORK – American Jenny Simpson became the first five-time winner – man or woman – in event history and rising star Eric Jenkins shocked the field with his top...

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