Jeremy Rae and Meyo Mile magic at Notre Dame
"Coming into this race, my previous best in the Mile was 4:06. It was an awesome and crazy experience. This is probably my favorite race of all-time because...they said they knew I could run sub-4."
By Chris Chavez, Sporting News
The men’s Mile at Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, is one of the most competitive indoor Miles in the U.S. for NCAA and professional competitors. Fans step onto the track’s outside lanes and make noise with thunder sticks forming a tunnel for the competitors that guarantee a fast time usually under 4 minutes.
Notre Dame alum and Speed River Track club Miler Jeremy Rae knows the race well, as he’s won it in the three times that he’s raced and posted three of the five fastest times in Irish history. Rae spoke with Sporting News to take a trip over the last couple years and relived the magic of the Meyo Mile.
2011 - His first
Rae won the race in his first attempt as a sophomore in 3:59.62. It was the first time the 19-year-old broke the 240-second limitation on the Mile and was the 11th Canadian to accomplish the feat indoors and 45th in history from the True North.
“Coming into this race, my previous best in the Mile was 4:06," he said. "It was an awesome and crazy experience. This is probably my favorite race of all-time because I knew I could run fast and my teammates were putting pressure on me as they said they knew I could run sub-4. I didn’t really believe it myself, but it was almost like they put so much confidence that I had to run fast that day.
The rabbit came through the 1200 meter mark in about 3:02 and I was just so excited to take the lead in front of all my teammates, family and fans.”
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