O’Hare, Osika Win HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile
Meet organizers left lane one open to the beloved David Torrence’s honor.
By Johanna Gretschel, Competitor Running
The HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile saw Chris O’Hare of Scotland defend his title, while the United States’ Shannon Osika capture her first victory in the Wednesday night race at Bay Shore Senior High School in New York.
Ford Palmer of the HOKA New Jersey-New York Track Club led the field through 400m in 58.8, the 800m in 1:58.6 and 1200m in 2:59.3 as pacemaker with O’Hare, American Cristian Soratos and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Canada on his shoulder.
Philibert-Thiboutot charged to the front when Palmer stepped off the track, thereby earning the $500 bonus for leading at the bell, and the race became a two-man duel between the Canuck and O’Hare.
The defending champion put a full second on Philibert-Thiboutot over the final 300 meters to keep the title in 3:55.53. The Canadian held on for runner-up honors in 3:56.62 and fellow Scot Neil Gourley took third in 3:57.20.
The men’s race, named The David Torrence Mile, is in honor of the meet record holder and two-time Long Island Mile champion, who died suddenly last summer just before the race. Meet organizers left lane one open in Torrence’s honor.
“I’m just glad to come out here and put on a good race in memory of David,” O’Hare said to David Monti of Race Results Weekly. “You know, you get choked up when they leave lane one open for him. I think all the racers today were standing on the start line with a lump in their throat.”
Ben Flanagan of Canada, who went viral with his “Where’s my mom?” reaction to winning the 2018 NCAA 10,000m title, broke 4 minutes for the first time in 3:57.75, good for sixth place. American Sam Parsons also recorded his first-ever sub-4, clocking 3:59.70 in tenth place.
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