Johnny Gregorek

Birthday: 12/07/91 Mile PR: 3:49.98 (indoors) - 2019
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:35.00 - 2017
High School: Seekonk HS
Hometown: Seekonk, MA
College: Columbia University '14 / University of Oregon 1 year graduate program
Current Residence: Tarrytown, NY

Team: NJ*NY Track Club

Johnny Gregorek – John, Jr. – became the second American sub-3:50 indoors, clocking 3:49.98 in Boston on March 3, 2019 at the Bruce Lehane Invitational Mile; runner-up to Yomif Kejelcha's world record 3:47.01! In August, he won the 1500 meter silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.

Gregorek had a breakthrough year in 2017 as he qualified for his first international team at the USATF Outdoor Championships when he unleashed a monster kick to move from 10th place to place third for the final qualifying Team USA spot, recording 3:43.99. In his build-up to the IAAF World Championships, Johnny won the Tracktown 1500m in 3:35.00 on July 6 to set a personal record, showing he was ready to compete at the highest level. In the London World Championships men’s 1500m final, Gregorek, the only American, finished 10th in 3:37.56.

Before going pro, Johnny had a successful collegiate career at Columbia University and after completing his undergraduate degree, competed for two seasons with the Oregon Ducks. At the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, he placed 6th in the Mile with a time of 4:04.36, earning first team All-American.

Johnny broke 4 minutes for the first time on February 14, 2015 at the Millrose Games famed Wanamaker Mile, finishing 10th in 3:57.47 to join a short list of father / son combos (#9) to break the coveted sub-4 minute Mile mark with his father and 1984 Olympian John Gregorek, Sr. who recorded a 3:51.34 Mile personal record in 1982.

At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Gregorek placed 6th, clocking 3:38.76.

On February 26, 2017 at Boston University, John Gregorek Jr. & Sr. would become the fastest father / son Mile duo when Johnny ran 3:53.15 PR for a 3:52.25 average. Johnny’s mother Chris is also speedy with a 4:29.00 Mile PR, and the trio own the fastest family Mile average of 4:04.50.

FUN FACT I: Gregorek was his high school class valedictorian and also an Eagle Scout.

FUN FACT II: At 6'5", he is one of the tallest world class Milers all-time.

FUN FACT III: On December 19, 2015 at Boston University, Johnny recorded the first indoor sub-4 minute Mile ever run in the month of December with his 3:58.15.



Cheruiyot, Manangoi Headline Bowerman Mile at Pre Classic

May 29, 2019

Loaded field at 20th edition features six men with sub-3:50 Mile PRs including American Johnny Gregorek

From Prefontaine Classic

STANFORD, Calif. - On Sunday, June 30 at Cobb Track & Angell Field, the world’s best Milers will bring their rivalry to the Prefontaine Classic for the meet’s...

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Late-Blooming Gregorek Breaks 3:50 Barrier

March 07, 2019

From a 4:15 HS Mile to sub-3:50 at age 27: "Coach Gags reached out and gave me an opportunity and ASICS was generous enough to sponsor me."

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

“I shocked myself pretty bad with that one,” says Johnny Gregorek, who scared the indoor U.S. Mile record with his...

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Kejelcha crushes indoor Mile world record

March 04, 2019

Ethiopian breaks legend Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old record; American Johnny Gregorek runner-up also sub-3:50


Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha smashed the world indoor record for the Mile, clocking 3:47.01 at the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday afternoon,...

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Q&A with Team USA’s Johnny Gregorek

July 21, 2017

Breaking 4 minutes, as well as lowering my PR to become the fastest duo along with my father, was a great feeling.

By Stephen Mazzone, MileSplit MA

For 10 days beginning on Aug. 4, some of the best athletes in the world will be competing in London at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships....

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Family Affair: Father & Son Hold Record as Fastest Mile Duo

March 03, 2017

Gregoreks pass Keinos, now #1 combo: “When we found out we got the fastest combination we were kind of laughing about it—it’s a fun bragging rights thing.”

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

Johnny Gregorek, a member of the New Jersey-New York Track Club, knew the indoor Mile race at Boston...

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Fastest Married Couple Mile PR Combo

October 25, 2016

Top 10 talented track tandems span over a 30-plus year period

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The recent marriage of top Mile athletes Aisha Praught & Will Leer prompted BBTM to compile a list of the fastest married couples in the Mile. Sitting at the top of the talented tandems are three-time U.S....

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The Gregoreks Join Exclusive Father / Son Sub-4 Club

February 19, 2015

To-date, only eight father / son combos have broken 4 minutes for the storied distance

By Bring Back the Mile

On February 14, 2015 at the venerable NYRR Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile, John "Johnny" Gregorek, Jr. (right) finished 10th in 3:57.47 for his first sub-4 minute Mile to join his...

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A Day of Mile Magic across America

February 17, 2015

Milepalooza 2015 showcased the appeal and excitement of the storied distance on Valentine’s Day

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile

This past Saturday, February 14, 2015 was, in totality, one of the greatest days in Mile history, particularly indoors. Consider the following in a day of Mile...

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