Elle Purrier of Montgomery sets new American record for mile run - Burlington Free Press

Elle Purrier, the farmgirl who graduated from Richford High, Saturday demolished by four seconds the American women’s record for the mile run, held by Olympic great Mary Decker Slaney. She is the granddaughter of former Hyde Park legislator Harold Boyden.

"The Vermont native pulled off a stunning performance at the 113th Millrose Games, smashing the American record in the indoor mile with a furious kick to capture the event in 4 minutes, 16.85 seconds. Purrier lowered Mary Slaney's 37-year-old national record by nearly four seconds while her 4:16.85 is the world's second-fastest time in history, according to NBC Sports. Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba owns the world's fastest women's indoor mile time, a 4:13.31 effort from 2016.Germany's Konstanze Klosterhalfen was second (4:17.26) while the next American to finish was Nikki Hiltz, who placed fifth.

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