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Northport's Mike Brannigan sets state mark in two-mile run

East Northport's Mike Brannigan gets set for the

East Northport's Mike Brannigan gets set for the boys 2-mile run at the New Balance Indoor Track Meet at the New Balance Armory on Sunday March 15, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Northport's Mike Brannigan will not end his high school career quietly.

The senior, whose case for being one of New York's best high school distance runners in history was already strong, added to his legacy by setting the state two-mile record at the Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plains Friday.

Brannigan won the 3,200 meters in 8 minutes, 42.92 seconds. The converted time broke the record of 8:48.11, set by Josh McDougal of Peru, New York, in 2004, Northport coach Jason Strom said.

"It's great to see where he's come from, where he's gotten to, and to know that how good he was when he came to us [in eighth grade] wasn't his peak," Strom said. "Each year he's gotten faster and progressed. He's now reached the highest level and is considered the best distance runner in New York State. It's a pretty fulfilling feeling."

Alex Ostberg of Darien High School (CT) was second on Friday in 8:43.93. Brannigan ran the first mile in 4:21.2 and the final 400 meters in 59 seconds, Strom said. "He did a great job of running the race that was in front of him," Strom said. "He wasn't worried about how fast it was or his splits. He just competed. He ran with the leaders and they set a fast pace for him. He just waited patiently and, on the last 200 meters, was able to kick and wound up holding on."

Brannigan holds the Suffolk 1,600-meter record, running a 4:07.84 last season. The two-mile mark is his first individual state record. He was part of Northport's 4 x one-mile team that ran 17:06.92 last June, shattering the previous state mark of 17:18.33, Strom said.

Brannigan, who was featured on "NBC Nightly News" in September, was also named High School Athlete of the Month in February by Sports Illustrated.


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