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State Mile Guide: #3 New Jersey

March 20, 2013

Date of Statehood: December 18, 1787
Capital: Trenton
Motto: Liberty and Prosperity

New Jersey is home to some of the fastest Miles on U.S. soil including Eamonn Coghlan's (IRL) U.S. indoor All-Comers record of 3:49.78 (and former world record) in 1983 (video) and Romanian Doina Melinte's current world indoor record of 4:17.14 in 1990, both in East Rutherford, NJ. It is also home to one of America's most revered Milers, 1968 Olympian Marty Liquori, who lit up the track as a prep star for Essex Catholic where he became only the third high school boy to dip under the 4 minute Mile barrier. Marty was also the winner of the famed 1971 Dream Mile vs. fellow Mile legend Jim Ryun. 2008 Olympian Erin Donohue hailing from Haddonfield HS became the 30th U.S. woman to break 4:30 in the Mile in 2006 at the Falmouth Mile and later lowered her Mile PR to 4:26.48, the New Jerseyan women's record. On the prep scene Edward Cheserek recently has  made headlines nationally with record breaking performances, while Danielle Tauro set state records in 2006 for Southern Regional high school.    

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Olympian Marty Liquori, one of five high school boys to have broken the four minute Mile barrier. 

STATE RECORDS

New Jersey Soil
Male: 3:49.78i, Eamonn Coghlan (IRL), 1983 (U.S. All-Comers Record)
Female: 4:17.14i, Doina Melinte (ROM), 1990 (World Indoor Record)
i = indoors

New Jerseyan
Male: 3:52.2, Marty Liquori, 1975
Female: 4:26.48, Erin Donohue, 2008

BOYS: 
Mile: 3:59.8, Marty Liquori, Essex Catholic, 1967
1600m: 4:07.31, Chris Marco, Toms River South HS, 2012
* Note Edward Cheserek has a personal best in the Mile of 4:03.29 (2011) and 4:09.90 for 1600m (2012).

GIRLS:
Mile: 4:39.25, Danielle Tauro, Southern Regional HS, 2006
1600m: 4:41.37, Danielle Tauro, Southern Regional HS, 2006

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Did you know?
Marty Liquori was the last American male to be world ranked #1 in the Mile, back in 1971! He is also an accomplished jazz guitarist and performs to this day (www.runjazz.com).

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