Carroll Wins Wanamaker Mile at Millrose

Mark Carroll’s tremendous indoor season continues at full stretch.  Tonight at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York, the Leevale runner followed in the footsteps of Eamon Coghlan (seven time winner), and Marcus O’Sullivan (five time winner) by winning the Wanamaker mile in front of an appreciative audience.  After clocking 3:54 for the mile a few weeks ago, and 1:48 for 800m last week (both resulting in wins), he was in the right frame of mind to add another win.  And he did so in the best possible fashion, simply killing off the opposition over the last quarter mile to win in a time of 3:58.19, almost two seconds ahead of James Nolan of UCD, who showed his well being a week earlier by clocking 3:38 for 1,500m in Germany. It’s all systems go now for the European indoor championships in Ghent, Belgium on the last weekend of February, where Carroll will run the 3,000m.  Main opposition will probably come from the Spanish who filled the first two places when Mark took the bronze medal at the European championships two years ago.  Before that he contests the national indoor championships in Nenagh next weekend, probably in the 800m. Ken Nason was due to run as pace maker on Friday night, but instead paced the 3,000m.  The pacemaking duties in the mile went to one of the Kenyan runners.  Meanwhile, Paul Carroll, brother of Mark, finished 26th in the mile at Penn state with a time of 4:21.78.  Photo shows Mark about to overtake Kenyan Laban Rotich (Photo by David Monti).