Monday, January 24, 2011

Ex-Cat Pros go 2-3-5 at Elite New Balance Mile

Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) took the New Balance Grand Prix Elite mile on Saturday at the Armory, in a world-leading 4:28.60. Three former Villanova greats fared well in the race (see Douma-Hussar and Koons, above). Carmen Douma-Hussar, who has a world indoor silver over 1500 meters in her trophy case, finished second to Barringer (Simpson), running 4:30.88, her best indoor mile since 2006. Recent VU graduate Frances Koons was third in a new PR of 4:31.53, and Marina Muncan was 5th, also in a new PR, in 4:31.84. The race also marked the professional debut of 18-year-old Irish phenom Ciara Mageean (who was heavily recruited by Villanova until she signed an endorsement deal with New Balance earlier this month). Mageean finished in 7th place, in 4:38.81, but set two Irish Junior records in the process. Her en route 1500 time of 4:17.00 broke her own national junior mark by almost 4 seconds, and her mile finishing time broke Anita Philpott's 13-year-old indoor mile time of 4:41.76.

Women 1 Mile Run Elite

1 Simpson, Jen New Balance 4:28.60
2 Douma-Hussar, Carmen New Balance 4:30.88
3 Koons, Frances New Balance 4:31.53 (PR)
4 Stellingwerff, Hilary New Balance 4:31.72
5 Muncan, Marina New Balance 4:31.84 (PR)
6 Wright, Megan New Balance 4:32.51
7 Mageean, Ciara New Balance 4:38.81
8 Buchanan, Dana Speed River TC 4:41.70
9 Cliff, Rachel Speed River TC 4:45.00
10 Martinez, Branda New Balance 4:45.12
11 Green, Nikeya Reebok 4:53.95
-- Higgins, Lesley NYAC pace

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