Kiely runs Bates' fastest indoor mile since 1984 at BU invite

Jack Kiely became Bates' third-fastest indoor miler with his time of 4:09.14 clocked at Boston University on Feb. 25, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

BOSTON -- Bates senior Jack Kiely ran the fastest indoor mile by a Bobcat since 1984 on Sunday at the BU Last Chance Invitational, clocking in at 4:09.14.

His time was a personal record by over four seconds (his previous mark being 4:14.54) and may seal his chances of making the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships coming up in two weeks. His time would rank eighth-fastest in Division III at the start of the day.

Kiely (Severna Park, Md.) also jumps onto Bates' all-time performance list in the event, all the way to the No. 3 spot, trailing only Jamie Goodberlet's 4:08.00 from 1984 and Paul Hammond's 4:08.84 from 1982.

Kiely was the only Bobcat competing in the meet. Bates will send more athletes to the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on Saturday, followed by the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships March 9-10 in Birmingham, Alabama.