Okla. St. freshman sets junior mark in indoor mile

Updated: January 26, 2009, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- German Fernandez will have a hard time topping the first indoor meet of his college career.

The Oklahoma State freshman ran the mile in 3 minutes, 56.50 seconds Saturday at the Razorback Invitational, the fastest time ever by a junior athlete.

"We just went out there to have fun," Fernandez said. "That was my first indoor meet ever, so I really didn't know what to expect. I feel pretty good. I just wanted to go out and run a good time and run conservatively and run smart and it went my way. I didn't expect to break the record at all."

The IAAF doesn't list an official world junior record, but the governing body said the fastest previous junior indoor mile was by Kenya's Boaz Lalang, who ran it in 3:58.34. An athlete must be 19 or under to qualify as a junior.

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