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CU Buffs’ Sage Hurta sets nation-leading mark in mile at Iowa State Classic

Colorado track senior Sage Hurta owns the top mark in the nation in the women’s mile after running 4 minutes and 31.80 seconds Saturday to break the facility record at the Harry Hoak Track in Ames, Iowa.

Hurta had a rabbit through the 709-meter mark at 1:59.45, already six seconds ahead of the rest of the field. In fact, Hurta and the rabbit led by nearly two seconds through the first 209 meters. Hurta cruised to the victory, 16 seconds ahead of second place.

The senior destroyed the nation lead of 4:35.69, set by Arkansas junior Lauren Gregory. She also owns the second-best mark in the nation in the 800, setting up the middle distance double.

“Having the leading time in the mile wasn’t my focus, and I won’t be heartbroken if someone comes along and runs faster,” said Hurta. “However, I’m glad that I’ll have event options going into the NCAA meet, and a few weeks to get fitter.”

The Buffs also competed in the hurdles and men’s pole vault today at the Colorado School of Mines. Avery McMullen led the hurdle crew with a win in the women’s 60 hurdles at 8.74 seconds, followed by Jada Green at 8.89 and Elise Gillett at 9.29. Heptathlete Nick Bianco placed fourth in the hurdles and the vault, running 8.66 seconds and jumping 4.41 meters (14-5.5).