Tonight, the New Jersey-New York Track Club will go for the 4xMile world record at the Artie O’Connor Invite at the Armory in New York City. The team will be comprised of Kyle Merber, Ford Palmer, Donn Cabral and Graham Crawford. The current world record of 16:16.67 has stood since 1993 and judging by the personal bests of the New Jersey-New York squad, they should have no problem getting under that mark.
Before all four members of Friday night’s squad were born, Georgetown’s DMR at the 1987 Penn Relays were the last world record holders coached by Frank Gagliano. Many sub-four minute miles and some American records have been set under Gagliano’s watch but no world record holders, according to assistant coach John Trautmann.
The Georgetown team was comprised of Miles Irish, Darron Outler, Michael Stahr and Trautmann.
Watch the epic race below:
In a tight battle with Villanova, Stahr’s anchor leg just barely edged Villanova and Mount St. Mary’s for a new world record of 9:20.96. The DMR team was inducted into Georgetown’s Wall of Fame in 2007.
In the New York Times article, Gagliano showed that East Coast pride that he is known for and “quickly pointed out, had four home-growns – three from New York State and one from New Jersey.”