June 8, 2019
For the inaugural Downtown Yakima Mile, the first time was the charm.
Amos Bartelsmeyer of Seattle put away a deep elite field with a late surge into the downtown corridor and set a men’s state road record of 3 minutes, 51.79 seconds, an effort that doubled his winnings to $10,000 for breaking the record.
Therese Haiss of San Diego won the elite women’s race in 4:29, missing the state women’s mile record by less than two seconds.
The 24-year-old Bartelsmeyer, who competes for Germany and finished sixth at the European Indoor Track Championships in the 3,000, graduated from Georgetown and is a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Washington while training under head UW coach Andy Powell.
Washington’s previous state record for the mile was run on an indoor track as Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia clocked 3:52.61 at the UW last winter.
Haiss, a three-time All-American while at Arkansas, came to Yakima fresh off setting the fastest women’s mile in California of 4:19 at the State Street Mile in Santa Barbara.
Hundreds of runners competed in 10 races held over four hours on Yakima Avenue. Further details were not available at press time.
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