Best 1600 ever in PA?
Mike Booth 4:07.77, Ian Fitzgerald 4:08.37

by Don Rich,

In what will long be remembered as one of the best 1600 meter races in PA high school history, West Mifflin senior Mike Booth not only beat Ian Fitzgerald in a head-to-head duel, but the meet record of one Sam Bair of Shaler. Booth's 4:07.77, and Fitzgerald's 4:08.37 are the 2nd and 3rd PA high school times under 4:10 this season, following Chris Spooner\'s winning mile at the Penn Relays.

Fitzgerald immediately went to the front and set the pace, hoping to run 4:08. Booth tucked in behind for two laps, and had his sights set on a PR of 4:12. He passed Fitzgerald after the 600 meter mark "because he has better leg speed than me, and I just couldn\'t wait for him to use it." But use it he did, and Fitzgerald almost caught Booth at the line. When Booth looked up, expected to see 4:12, and was shocked at the 4:07 on the clock. His splits were 62.5, 63.1, 61.8 and 60.3.





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