Leer, Cain get wins in mile races at U.S. Indoor Championships

Posted at: 03/03/2013 8:57 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Will Leer ran the fastest indoor time run "at altitude" in winning the men's mile at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday.

His winning time was 3 minutes, 58.79 seconds.

In track and field, altitude is defined as 3,281 feet and this race site is 5,085 feet.

"I sat back, accordingly, I think, the first six laps," Leer said. "I never thought we would run sub 4 minutes here; 4.01, 4.02, sure. But under 4 minutes, I'm impressed with my run, myself, what can I say."

Leer also won the 3,000-meter run Saturday, giving him his first two national championships in a weekend.

Also, 16-year-old, Mary Cain, a high school junior, won the women's mile and became the first high school student to win a national indoor or outdoor championship since Allyson Felix in 2003.

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