Three Former State Champ Milers from Ohio take 1-2-5 at US Road Mile Championships

In what was billed as the best field ever assembled for the USATF Road Mile Championships, 3 former State 1600 Champs from Ohio took 1-2-5 this past weekend at Drake University in Des Moines.

Sam Prakel and Colby Alexander kicked to a 1-2 finish moving from 4th and 5th to the top 2 spots over the final 300 meters.

The race finished with the final 600 meters on the Drake U track.

After the typical pedestrian pace that is so common in USA Championships, the field entered the stadium with 600 to go all tightly bunched. Sam and Colby were in 4th and 5th. With 300 to go they accelerated past 3:49 miler Johnny Gregorek and by the top of the turn with 150 left, moved ahead of Abe Alvarado and Joe Klecker. With a last lap of 53 seconds, Sam and Colby crossed the line 1-2 for an Ohio sweep and also an Oregon Duck sweep. They should have thrown up the "O" at the finish!

Following Sam and Colby across the line in 5th was another Ohio alum, Jake Edwards.


Sam Prakel 3:58.3.......PR 3:50.94 mile
Colby Alexander 3:58.8.......PR 3:34.88 1500 ( = 3:51 Mi)
Joe Klecker 3:59.0.......PR 3:37.55 1500 ( = 3:54 Mi)
Tripp Hurt 4:01.2.......PR 3:36.83 1500 (= 3:53 Mi)
Jake Edwards 4:01.8.......PR 3:38.77 1500 ( = 3:55 Mi)
Abe Alvarado 4:02.0.......PR 3:36.82 1500 (= 3:53 Mi)
Johnny Gregorek 4:02.1.......PR 3:49.98 Mile
Graham Crawford 4:03.1.......PR 3:37.08 ( = 3:54 Mi)
Obsa Ali 4:06.0.......NCAA Steeple Champ
Erik Sowinsky 4:06.7.......PR 4:01.44 Mile / 1:44.58 800 PR