Jan Merrill

Birthday: 06/18/56 Mile PR: 4:28.3 - 1979
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:02.61 - 1976
High School: Waterford HS
Hometown: Waterford, CT
College: Connecticut College
Current Residence: Piscataway, NJ

Jan Merrill was a finalist in the 1500 meters at the 1976 Olympics and a gold medalist at the 1975 (1500 meters) and 1979 (3000 meters) Pan Am Games. Merrill was the USA 1500 meter champion in 1978 and 1981 and the indoor Mile national champion in 1976 and 1981. Overall, she won 11 national titles (outdoor - 6, indoor - 3 and cross country - 2).

In 1976 Merrill set a U.S. record in the 1500 meters (metric Mile) with a time of 4:02.61 and in 1977 on May 14 at West Point she set the U.S. Mile record, clocking 4:30.98.

Photo credit: runmoremiles.com / Jeff Johnson


State Mile Guide: #5 Connecticut

March 28, 2013

Date of Statehood: January 9, 1788
Capital: Hartford
Motto: Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted sustains)

The most profilic Nutmegger Miler in state history Jan Merrill set a U.S. Mile record in 1977, was a USA indoor Mile champion and a 1976 Olympian at 1500 meters. On the men's...

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