A week after winning Indiana state championships in the 1600-meter run and the 800-meter run, Addy Wiley posted the fastest mile time in the country this year. The Huntington North product ran a blistering 4:38.14 to win the mile at the RunningLane Track Championships, a meet that features some of the best track talent from around the country.
Wiley's time converts to 4:36.53 in the 1600, nearly nine seconds better than her time at the state meet and the fastest mile ever recorded on our site by a runner from Indiana.
"I knew this was a possibility coming in, but having it as a reality is unreal" Wiley said.
Wiley ran toward the front of the lead pack the whole race, before taking over the lead from Michigan's Audrey DaDamio on the backstretch of the final lap and pulling away to win by two seconds.
"I knew I just had to stay relaxed, and I know I always finish races well, so that was going to be the striking point for me, I knew I just had to be confident getting to that last lap" Wiley said, "I knew that I could just look at the back of [DaDamio] and know that she's a really great runner, she's really good at hitting even splits, so I kinda left it up to her to do the pacing work and I knew that if I was competing to win I was competing to run a fast time."
Wiley still has one year of high school running left before she graduates. She will clearly be the favorite to win the state championship again in 2022, and if she does Wiley will become the first runner to win the 1600-meter run in every edition of the event during her career since Courtney Adams did it from 1993-96.
Wiley's win capped what was a great weekend for Indiana distance runners on the national stage after Cathedral graduate Cole Hocker won the 1500-meter run at the NCAA Championships. Hocker, now a sophomore at Oregon, will be competing in the Olympic trials beginning next weekend.