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Will Geoghegan on a record run

January 31, 2014

“The Mile is cool in that it’s still an event that people who don’t really follow running can still relate to."

By Steve Craig, Press Herald

First crossed by Roger Bannister nearly 60 years ago, it is a threshold that still has powerful meaning in the track & field world: running the Mile in less than four minutes.

Dartmouth College senior Will Geoghegan of Brunswick roared through that doorway Saturday at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. His winning time of 3 minutes, 58.04 seconds set the Dartmouth all-time Mile record, the Ivy League record, eclipsed Geoghegan’s personal best by nearly 7 seconds and made him the first collegian to break 4 minutes this season.

“The Mile is cool in that it’s still an event that people who don’t really follow running can still relate to,” Geoghegan said.

Geoghegan ran in the second heat of a race among 176 competitors.

The first two heats were split evenly based on past performances and both heats had designated pace-setters, known as rabbits.

“He took the 800 meters in about 1:59. It was actually a better pacing job than the (first heat) got,” Geoghegan said. “It’s nice to have a rabbit when you’re trying to run a fast time but what you’ll often see happen is the rabbit does a really good job and then when he drops out the pace will slow down. I’m glad that didn’t happen.”

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