Sonja Friend-Uhl takes Portland mile, but W60 Lesley Hinz has top mark

Sonja (left) and Kaitlyn were even for the first two laps, then SFU stepped on the gas to leave kid behind.

At least three world-class milers mixed it up Sunday at the Portland Track Festival at Lewis & Clark College, with W45 Sonja Friend-Uhl clocking a great 5:07.26. But video doesn’t reflect the results, which don’t list W50 Marilyn Arsenault of Canada and Kaitlyn Barthell (who ran stride-for-stride with Sonja the first two laps). Later, I learned that Kaitlyn, in her 20s, and Marilyn were entered as open runners, with times listed elsewhere. W50 Aeron Arlin Genet was credited with a great 5:19.84.

But also impressive was W60 Lesley Hinz, fifth in 5:47.16. That’s less than 5 seconds off the listed WR of 5:42.65 by Kathy Martin in 2013. Aeron’s mile was 6 seconds off Kathy’s W50 American record. In the masters men’s mile, M40 Joshua Gordon scorched a last lap of 63.9 to win in 4:39.55. See results here.

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