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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 side four athletes from Connecticut have broken the magical 4 minute barrier with Kevin King's 3:58.31 in 1986 leading the way. 

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1976 Olympian Jan Merrill set the U.S. Mile record of 4:30.98 in 1977.

STATE RECORDS

Connecticut Soil
Male: 3:58.46i, Andrew Bumbalough (USA / DC), 2008
Female: Email us
i = indoor

Connecticuter
Male: 3:56.41i Donn Cabral, 2013, and 3:58.31, Kevin King, 1986
Female: 4:28.23, Jan Merrill, 1979
i = indoor

BOYS: 
Mile: 4:05.04, Henry Wynne, Staples HS, 2013
1600m: 4:07.26, Kevin King, Westhill, Stamford HS, 1980

GIRLS:
Mile: 4:45.08i, Ceci Hopp, Greenwich HS, 1981
1600m: 4:42.60, Ceci Hopp, Greenwich HS, 1981

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