News from across the pond that Academy of Art University major James Young has posted a new personal best of 4 minutes 00.40 seconds for the mile when winning the National College Athletics Association Division 2 Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Blyth-born but now San Francisco-based, James became a National Champion with a terrific run that saw him only take the lead on the last lap after going through 1200m in 3m 03s.
James worked hard over the last 400m and a terrific kick over the last 200 of 28:09s saw him win by a margin of several metres with a time that is the second fastest ever in the division and a record for his college, as well as the third fastest by a UK athlete indoors so far this year.
James said: "It's been a long time coming after last year was so abruptly canceled, so I wanted to make this one count. I knew I was the fittest I've ever been, thanks to the great work my coach Steve (Fuelling) has done and I appreciate everything he's done for me. Once I crossed the line, it was just the relief that everything I've done has paid off and I've got something now to show for it."
His time is also the second fastest run by a Morpeth Harrier, Nick McCormick holding the club mile record of 3:52:02s set in 2005 in Oslo.
You can watch the race using the link below:
James Young - 2021 NCAA DII Indoor Mile National Champion (Complete Race)