Former Cinnaminson teammates and current Duke teammates Austin Gabay and Mike Ungvarsky destroyed their mile PRs in a smoking hot race n Virginia Saturday.
Gabay ran 4:07.49 and Ungvarsky 4:08.54 at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Invitational at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
Although they placed 5th and 6th overall, they were 1st and 2nd in the second of three sections.
Both Cinnaminson graduates big-time negative-split the race.
Gabay was out in 2:05.39 and came back in 2:02.10 with a 60.17 final 400, and Ungvarsky was out in 2:06.84 and closed in 2:01.70 with a 60.80 final lap.
Gabay’s previous PR was a 4:10.83 last month at the Howie Invitational on the same track. Before this indoor season, his PR was 4:16.02 for 1,600 meters, when he won the 2019 outdoor state Group 2 title at Central Regional in Bayville. That’s equivalent to 4:17.50 for a full mile. He has run 1,500 meters in 3:46.10 outdoors, which is equivalent to about a 4:04.19 full mile.
Ungvarsky has been more of a 3,000 / 5,000 guy than a miler. He hadn’t raced a mile since January of 2018, when he ran 4:22.70 in a meet at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. That was his only previous college mile. His fastest time in high school was 4:23.16 for 1,600 meters at 2017 Group 2 sectionals at Delsea, equivalent to a 4:24.69.