Brad Barton plans another try at M45 indoor mile WR in Boston
Brad Barton, at right, leads the field in Boise State mile. (Photo by Matt Garner)
After coming pretty close to John Hinton’s M45 indoor mile world record 4:20.18) at Boise State, Brad Barton informs us that he’ll try again Feb. 2, writing: “I sure appreciate the encouragement and guidance I’ve received from your blog followers. I have been in contact with Steve Vaitones and he has invited me to Boston on February 2 for the Grand Prix Masters mile field he is putting together. Yesterday was fun in Boise. I think there’s still some more in the tank. Now I just have to stay healthy.” Brad also shared a blow-by-blow account of his Saturday mile: “The Idaho Center in Nampa is about 2,700 feet elevation. This is the same facility that hosted the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships a couple of years ago. It is a 200m banked Mondo surface track. I had the slowest seed in the fastest of three collegiate one-mile men’s heats. There were 10 other competitors in my heat.” Here’s Brad in Idaho:
My first quarter was an uneven 64.65 (32.86 & 31.79). I relaxed to a 66.01 in quarter 2 for a 2:10.66 split. I stayed steady in quarter 3 at 66.45 = 3:17.11. My final effort was a 32.61 & 31.86 = 64.47 ( 2nd 1/2 = 2:10.92). Official time was = 4:21.58.
This looks to be a Masters PR for me as I believe it to be considerably stronger than my 4:05.71 1500 at altitude last spring before I broke my foot.
Brad is gunning for mile WR at a Feb. 2 meet. (Photo by Matt Garner)
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and web-master since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials, the last three as a blogger and Patch correspondent. [More...]