Rowan junior Kevin Lauer, a Lenape graduate, ran a two-second mile PR Saturday, clocking 4:15.22 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
Lauer placed 132nd in an event that saw 87 runners run sub-4:10, 44 run sub-4:05 and 12 dip under 4 minutes.He split 64.20, 62.76, 63.72 and 64.58
Lauer’s time is fastest by a Rowan miler indoors since Kevin Veltre ran 4:12.30 at the 2018 NJAC Championships at Ocean Breeze.
As of a month ago, Lauer’s PR was 4:19.72 from the 2019 NJAC indoor meet at Ocean Breeze. But he’s broken that three times in the last three weeks – 4:19.66 at Ocean Breeze in late January, 4:17.79 also in Staten Island last weekend and now 4:15-low in Boston.
At Lenape, Lauer had a 1,600 PR of 4:18.96 outdoors from the 2017 Olympic Conference Championships at Washington Township, and his fastest time indoors was a 4:22.24 at 2018 sectionals at the Bubble.
His time is No. 22 nationally in NCAA Division 3 and tied for No. 2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference behind Ramapo’s Chris Aqnderson, who ran 4:12.16 at Ocean Breeze last month. Stockton’s Erik Ackerman from West Morris Central High also ran exactly 4:15.22 at Ocean Breeze.
Rowan’s indoor school record is 4:11.3, set in 1997 by Delsea graduate Sean Mick at the Haverford Last Chance Meet.