The feature event of the Letterkenny International Track & Field meeting, the Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event, looks like it is shaping up to a magical race on Friday 7th July. The race is set to feature ten sub 4 minute milers from all over the World in a stacked field.
American college standout Robert Domanic from the University of Mississippi, leads the entry list with a personal best of 3:54.73 for the mile, set last month in Concord, Massachusetts. The Ole Miss athlete will be joined by fellow Americans Sam Prakel (3:57) Blake Haney (3:56), and Tim Gorman (3:58), all scholarship athletes at the University of Oregon, home of the Fighting Ducks. Prakel finished 7th in the 1500m final last weekend at the US Track championships in Sacramento and has ran 3:37.79 this season. Another Fighting Ducks graduate in the startlist will be 2015 NCAA Champion Chad Noelle with a 1500m PB of 3:38.35, and is also a 3:57 miler.
Daniel Herrera just last month broke the Mexican record for the mile with a run of 3:56.13, and interestingly the record he took was that of the popular Juan Luis Barrios who won the Letterkenny AC mile in 2014. Barrios still holds the meeting record in Letterkenny and it would be very fitting if Herrera managed to eclipse his fellow countryman’s mark on the night, the time of 3:59.43 looks to be in serious danger.
Americans Joe Stilin (3:58) and Andrew Colley (3:58), as well as New Zealand’s Julian Oakley (3:57) are also confirmed starters for the iconic 1609m distance with sub 4’s already to their names. The Irish challenge will come from Sean Tobin and City of Derry Spartans athlete Conor Bradley. Their PB’s are 3:59.91 and 4:01 respectively, and both will be looking to get under that legendary 4-minute barrier.
We will also be delighted to welcome the legendary Ray Flynn, Irish record holder for the mile, to Letterkenny for the event. Ray will be travelling with many of his stable of athletes from the USA, where he runs the World class athlete agency Flynn Sports Management. Interestingly as Ray stands trackside in Letterkenny this Friday 7th July, it will be exactly 35 years to the day when he set that Irish record of 3:49.77 at the Dream Mile in Oslo. He might just inspire a bit of magic in the athletes toeing the line for the Letterkenny International Mile!
A full line up of 14 track and field events is set to kick off at 7:00pm, with the grande finale mens mile to take to the track at 8:45pm. Why not get yourself along to the Danny McDaid Athletics track, Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex for a great night of World class athletics for all the family to enjoy