Sam Prakel

Birthday: 10/29/94 Mile PR: 3:49.98 (road) - 2021
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:36.36 (indoors) - 2021
High School: Versailles HS '13
Hometown: Versailles, OH
College: University of Oregon '18
Current Residence: Seattle, WA

Sam Prakel, at the 2021 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, finished 4th in the 1500 meters, clocking a 3:36.36 personal record, and in April, he won the West Coast Relays 1500m in 3:36.86. In July, Sam was runner-up at the Guardian Mile (3:50,a PR). In late August, he won the Downtown Yakima Mile, running 3:55, and two weeks later, finished fourth at the 5th Avenue Mile (3:51).

In 2020, Prakel won the USA 1 Mile Road Championship, his first national title, clocking 3:58.3 at the Blue Oval Showcase in Des Moines, Iowa.

In 2019, the young rising U.S. star finished a close third at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, running 3:51.8, and in August, he was runner-up at the Sir Walter Miler in 3:54.90. In March at Boston University, Prakel produced a 3:50.94 Mile personal record (Top 10 U.S. indoor all-time) to finish third in the race where Yomif Kejelcha smashed the indoor world record with his 3:47.01 clocking.

A 5-time All-American at the University of Oregon, he finished 4th and 3rd in the Mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2016 & 2018, respectively. Also, in 2016 at Oregon, he earned Academic All-American, First-Team honors.

For Versailles High School in Ohio, Sam won six state titles: two cross country (2011-12), one 800m (2013), two 1600m (2012-13) and one 3200m (2012).

FUN FACT: In 2019, Prakel produced the most track sub-4s with six (6).

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News

Hiltz, Prakel win Downtown Yakima Mile

August 28, 2021

Women’s race champion clocks fastest Mile on Washington state soil to collect $5000 bonus

Race reports by Scott Spruill & Luke Thompson, Yakima Herald-Republic & BBTM

YAKIMA, Wash. – Reaching North First Street, Nikki Hiltz knew it was time to go. Or very likely lose.

So when the road Mile...

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Hiltz, Murphy win adidas Boost Boston Games road Mile

May 23, 2021

"Felt great to be able to close down the last 400, and finish with some confidence 4 weeks out from Trials."

WATERTOWN, Mass. - The 2021 adidas Boost Boston Games kicked off with middle distance action Sunday morning at Watertown outside the city center. The nation’s fastest high schoolers...

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Focus on the U.S. Men’s 1500 Scene

April 02, 2021

Whoever shows up on the starting line at Hayward Field, rest assured the guys will put on a great show at the U.S. Olympic Trials

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

It's not outlandish to project that one of the most-anticipated events at June’s U.S. Olympic Trials will be the men’s 1500....

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Drake Relays, Grand Blue Mile to Host USATF 1 Mile Road Championships

March 23, 2021

Prakel, Lipari to defend titles in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 21; $15,000 prize purse available

From Drake Relays

Once again, Des Moines will host the USA Track & Field (USATF) 1 Mile Road Championships presented by Toyota, with some of the world's most elite runners competing for a...

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The Best Mile Moments of 2020

December 22, 2020

Longstanding women’s U.S. indoor Mile record shattered; 11th U.S. high schooler sub-4; two outdoor Masters age group world records; COVID-19 causes cancelled events, limited racing year

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile

The main storyline of 2020 was obviously the COVID-19 pandemic and its...

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Prakel, Lipari win USA 1 Mile Road titles

August 29, 2020

Three men go sub-4; Lipari sets national championship record

Report from USATF

DES MOINES, Iowa – At a rare 2020 USA Championship, thanks to the Drake Blue Oval Showcase presented by Mediacom, Sam Prakel and Emily Lipari won USATF 1 Mile Road Championship crowns, clocking 3 minutes, 58.3...

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Past champions, rising stars headline USA Mile Road Championship

August 21, 2020

Drake Blue Oval Showcase presented by Mediacom hosts title tilt with stadium finish; $10,000 prize purse

From Drake Relays

Despite a four-month postponement, Des Moines will reprise its role as the host of the USA Track & Field 1 Mile Road Championship when the nation's best Milers compete...

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Veterans Simpson, Willis champions again at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on record-setting day

September 08, 2019

In thrilling finishes, Jenny Simpson breaks event record by clocking 4:16.1 to edge Elinor Purrier, while Willis wins in photo-finish over Chris O’Hare & Sam Prakel; event & world record 9,275 participants raced across the 24 heats at the world’s most iconic road Mile

From NYRR

NEW YORK –...

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Kejelcha crushes indoor Mile world record

March 04, 2019

Ethiopian breaks legend Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old record; American Johnny Gregorek runner-up also sub-3:50

From IAAF

Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha smashed the world indoor record for the Mile, clocking 3:47.01 at the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday afternoon,...

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Breaking Four: Oregon track & field’s newest sub-4 Mile men

March 07, 2018

“You run a time and you think, ‘I could go faster.’ So, I think it’s always going to be a challenge, and I think I am always going to challenge myself to run it faster.”

By Maggie Vanoni, Daily Emerald

At the Columbia Challenge in New York last month, Oregon redshirt sophomore Mick Stanovsek...

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Oregon Ducks senior Sam Prakel is all business, on the track and in the classroom

February 24, 2018

"I missed the big goal outdoors and that is something I'm still bummed about. Hopefully, I can make up for that this year."

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

EUGENE - Oregon senior Sam Prakel figures to be a contender in the Mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in two weeks in College...

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