Sydney McLaughlin, Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Heather MacLean and Roisin Willis team up to try to break the DMR world record on April 15

By Jonathan Gault
April 7, 2022

New Balance hopes to start the Boston Marathon weekend with a bang. On April 15, three days before the 2022 Boston Marathon, a team of three New Balance All-Stars and a high school phenom will attempt to set a world record in the indoor distance medley relay (1200-400- 800-1600) at The TRACK, the brand new indoor track located at New Balance’s global headquarters in Boston’s Allston neighborhood.

The team will include three of New Balance’s most prominent pros as well as a high school star Roisin Willis of Stevens Point, Wisc., who ran 2:00.06 to set the national high school 800m indoor record in Boston on Feb. 11 and will run the 800 stage. The team will be anchored by the World silver medalist Indoor 3000m She Purrier Saint-Pierre. 2022 Olympian and U.S. Indoor 1500m Champion Heather McLean will start things off on the 1200 stage and she will move on to the 400m hurdles world record holder Sydney McLaughlinwho will be racing for the first time since winning double gold in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

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The best in the world (World Athletics does not recognize an official world record in indoor DMR) currently stands at 10:39.91 and was set just two months ago by the Nike Union Athletics Club team of Ella Donagu (3:16.01), Raevyn Rogers (52.68), Sinclaire Johnson (2:02.89), and Shannon Osika (4:28.33).

Prior to that, the record belonged to another 2017 New Balance All-Star Team with McLaughlin, Emma Coburn, Brenda Martinezand jenny simpson. At the time, McLaughlin was a senior in high school; she would eventually sign a professional contract with New Balance a year later. By involving Willis in the attempt, New Balance signifies its interest in the young 800m star.

The best exterior of the female DMR – which is recognized as an official world record by World Athletics – is 10:36.50, set by the USA team of Treniere Moser (3:18.38), Sanya Richards-Ross (50.12), Ajee Wilson (2:00.08), and Shannon Rowbury (4:27.92) at the 2015 World Relays.

The event will be open to the public.

Discuss WR’s attempt on our fan forum/messageboard. MB: New Balance is going for the DMR WR next Friday and will have HSer Roisin Willis on the team – Does that mean she’s going pro?

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