Taylor Milne's post-race interview courtesy of FloTrack.com
Former Olympians Milne (3:54.29) and Brannen (3:54.81) beat Bernard Lagat’s stadium record of 3:54.97, which was set in 2000.
It wasn't enough to get either the win in the mile race - that went to France's Jamale Aarrass (3:52.21) - but the Mt. Sac meet wasn't about winning, anyway. Milne, of Guelph, and Brannen, of Cambridge, were using the race to get into qualifying shape in the coming months.
Milne just wrapped up a month of high-altitude training in Flagstaff, AZ, while Brannen spends his winters in nearby Scottsdale, AZ.
The pair need to run under 3:35:50 in the 1,500-metre race, which is their specialty. They'll have plenty of chances to do that between now and the end of their qualifying period on June 18.
Milne's Speed River Track & Field Club teammate Hilary Stellingwerff, meanwhile, won the Mt. Sac women’s mile race in 4:31.04. The 1,500-metre racer needs to run the shorter race in under 4:05:07, or 4:06 once and 4:08.90 once to qualify for the Olympics.