Keino runs state's fastest mile in Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- At the Razorback-Tyson Invitational held at the University of Arkansas's state of the art indoor track facility, Fork Union senior Kippy Keino ran the state's fastest time of the season for 1600 meters as he ran a 4:12.97 for a full mile to finish second in the high school boys' mile race behind All-American miler Adam Perkins of Missouri, while beating other national elite milers such as Mike Poe of California and Sam Bair of Pennsylvania. In typically Kippy Keino early, hard pace setting fashion, Keino took the lead halfway through at 800 meters with a split of 2:04.42. Keino continued to lead through 1000 meters at 2:36.73. On lap 6 prior to the 1200 mark, Adam Perkins of Missouri had caught Keino and with 400 meters left, the two went across at 3:08.13. Perkins took the lead on the backstretch with 300 meters left and then held off Keino on the bell lap to come away with the win at 4:11.78. Keino did not let Perkins get too far away from him at the end as he took second in a personal best time of 4:12.97.