Birthday: 12/07/91 Mile PR: 3:46.67 (road) - 2022
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:34.49 - 2021
High School: Seekonk HS '09
Hometown: Seekonk, MA
College: Columbia University '14 / University of Oregon 1 year graduate program
Current Residence: Boston, MA
Johnny Gregorek – John, Jr. – won the 2022 B.A.A. Invitational Mile, under blustery conditions in Boston, crossing the finish line in 4:08.16, and in July, Johnny defended his Guardian Mile title in 3:46.67 (3:47), bettering his Ohio soil fastest Mile mark..
He finished fourth in the 1500m at the 2021 USATF Golden Games at Mt. SAC, clocking 3:36.93, and in July, he won the Guardian Mile in Cleveland, running the fastest Mile on Ohio soil in 3:49.07 (3:50).
In May 2020, Gregorek ran the fastest Mile in blue jeans, running 4:06.25, to raise more than $37,000 for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and in September at the Bethel Twilight Meet, he won the 1500 meters in 3:36.11, close to his personal record.
On March 3, 2019, he became the second American sub-3:50 indoors, clocking 3:49.98 in Boston 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 a 3:53.15 PR for a 3:52.25 duo average (since improved to 3:50.66). Johnny’s mother Chris is also speedy with a 4:29.00 Mile PR, and the trio own the fastest family Mile, averaging 4:03.38.
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.
Photo credit: Kevin Morris