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State Mile Guide: #6 Massachusetts

March 29, 2013

Date of Statehood: February 6, 1788
Capital: Boston
Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

Home to the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts has always had proud rebel attitude. In fact, thanks to the vision of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and Bob McIntyre, the Bay State has the distinction of being the only state in the Union to have kept the Mile as the official distance at the prep level and at their State meet when tracks went metric circa 1980. Bravo!

Seven Massachusites have broken 4 minutes in the Mile led by Andy Downin's 3:56.25 in 2001. Massachusetts was also host to Galen Rupp's 3:50.91 at Boston University in January 2013, a mark that made Rupp the second fastest American and fifth fastest in the world all-time indoors.

Arianna Lambie holds the current Massachusetts High School state Mile record of 4:37.23 that she set at the 2003 MIAA State Meet for The Bromfield School. It is the fastest prep girls Mile in the U.S. run at a high school State meet and was third fastest prep Mile at the time (watch video). BBTM note: Lynn Jennings also attended The Bromfield School where she set many High School records including the national indoor 1500 meter record of 4:18.9 in 1979, but later trained in New Hampshire where her running accolades are linked.


Andy Downin winning the 2001 USA Outdoor Championships 1500m title.

STATE RECORDS

Massachusetts Soil
Male: 3:50.91i, Galen Rupp (USA / OR), 2013
Female: 4:24.11i, Mary Cain (USA / OR), 2014
i = indoors

Massachusite
Male: 3:56.25, Andy Downin, 2001
Female: 4:28.31i, Abbey D’Agostino, 2014
i = indoors

BOYS: 
Mile: 4:01.50, Thomas Ratcliffe, Concord-Carlisle HS, 2016
Mile State Meet: 4:05.14, Victor Gras, Belmont HS, 2004
1600m: not run in Massachusetts
*NOTE: Jonathon Riley (Brookline HS) ran 3:43.18 for 1500m in 1997

GIRLS:
Mile: 4:37.23, Arianna Lambie, Bromfield School, 2003 (at State Meet)
1600m: not run in Massachusetts

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Tags: victor gras (2) , thomas ratcliffe (3) , state guide (13) , miaa (1) , lynn jennings (3) , kim smith (1) , galen rupp (16) , bob mcintyre (4) , arianna lambie (2) , andy powell (1) , andy downin (1) , abbey d’agostino (5)

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