At 13:07.00, Lopez Lomong‘s 5000m run on Friday night became the new American Indoor Record. It makes him the #11 performer in world history, and is the fastest performance ever run indoors on US soil. Also, he jumps two spots among Americans, regardless of venue, as the 8th-fastest man, indoors or out.
For the Jerry Schumacher-coached crew, the race started off hot with perfect pacing from Travis Mahoney of the local NJ*NYTC, followed by Dan Huling who towed the line of teammates from 2000m out beyond 3 “K.” After the first ten laps started right on 13:15 pace — their intended target and the World Championships “A” standard — Huling began to gradually squeeze down on the throttle. The slight quickening made for a painful grind the last two kilometers… but also made Lomong’s record possible, as he hit the 4-kilometer mark at 10:32.64 — checkpoint for a 13:10. The final kilometer featured three laps of under 31-seconds, and Lomong had the record. Despite beginning Friday as the national leader in the 800 for 2013, this record was earned on the back of his strength, as he held on for a final lap of 30.58, according to LetsRun.com.