Meet the Record Breaking Runner

With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games slated to run July 24 through Aug. 9 in Tokyo, Japan, at least one Vermont runner has a strong shot at a spot on Team USA.

In case you missed it, Montgomery-raised runner Elle Purrier just shattered the American women’s record for the indoor mile. On Feb. 8, she ran a 4:16:85 mile at the Millrose

Elle Purrier’s favorite moment of 2019? Running at thehToyota Track and Field National Championships where she qualified for the Worlds. Photo by Victor Sailer

Games in New York—the second fastest time ever logged for an indoor mile.

Just a week later, the 11-time All-American and University of New Hampshire graduate took fourth place in the 3000m at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Valentine’s Day, with a time of 8:56:56.

The United States Olympic Trials for track and field are determined entirely by performance on the track and The United States may send the top three athletes in a given discipline who meet the Olympic qualifying standard.

Purrier’s usual events are the 1500m and 5000m and she’s poised to qualify for a spot on the 2020 USA Olympic Team in both at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Track & Field June 19-28 in Eugene, Ore.

In the 5000m, Purrier is currently the top-ranked American woman, with a PR of 14:58.17, set Oct. 5, 2019 at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar—proof that the 25-year-old has a knack for performing under pressure.

With an indoor PR of 4:00.20 in the 1500m and an outdoor PR of 4:02.34, Purrier is likely to beat the Olympic qualifying time of 4:06.00. Though she’s the sixth-ranked American woman in this category, her best times put her close to the frontrunners.

Featured Photo: Elle Purrier, racing in Albuquerque, N.M. in February, 2020. Photo by Cortney White

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