NEW YORK — With a time of 3:54.54, BYU’s Miles Batty broke the indoor collegiate mile record by almost half a second on Saturday night at the 2012 Millrose Games, which took place at the Armory Track & Field facilities.
“I was really happy to get the record,” Batty said. “It’s been a big goal of mine for quite a while. I wasn’t in the best position for the first half of the race and was boxed in against the rail, but I just had to be patient and make passes when things opened up. I probably wasted a lot of energy fighting for position, so I would have liked to have gone a bit faster, but I was happy with the race.”
Batty, a senior, was invited to participate in the 2012 Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games with the intentions of breaking the indoor mile collegiate record of 3:55.02, set by German Fernandez of Oklahoma State in 2009. Six collegiate runners were invited to participate in the race, along with other professional runners.
Batty took second in the race, finishing behind professional runner Matthew Centrowitz, who broke the Armory record with a time of 3:53.92.
With the fastest time in the nation, Batty is now qualified for the Indoor National Championships which will be held March 8-10 in Nampa, Idaho, where he looks to defend his title in the mile and his joint title in the DMR.