SI High School Athlete of the Month: Mikey Brannigan
February 17, 2015
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Mikey’s parents, coaches and a trio of world class athletes were on hand to congratulate the Northport High senior and defending national outdoor two-mile champion as he was handed a framed copy of the SI issue in which he was featured. From left to right: Parents Edie and Kevin Brannigan, NBC commentator and Olympic decathlete, Dan O’Brien, Mikey Brannigan, Rolling Thunder coach and founder Steve Cuomo, Northport High coach Jason Strom, Olympic medalist, five-time world champ and American record holder in seven middle-distance events, Bernard Lagat, former world champ, Eamonn Coghlan, known as the “Chairman of the Boards” for his indoor track success, and SI/SI.com executive editor B.J. Schecter.
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Mikey Brannigan, one of the top high school middle distance runners in the U.S., and track legend Bernard Lagat, one of the top middle-distance runners in the world, share a moment in a cool down lap at the end of the 108th annual NYRR Millrose Games.
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After the NYRR Millrose Games concluded, Mikey Brannigan, right, ran a few cool-down laps with pro runner Will Leer, winner of last year’s Wanamaker Mile.
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Bernard Lagat congratulates Mikey Brannigan as Mikey’s high school coach looks on.
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Steve Cuomo, coach and founder of Rolling Thunder, a special needs running club based in Long Island, chats with Eamonn Couglin, Irish senator and seven-time winner of the Millrose Games’s Wanamaker Mile. Rolling Thunder is expanding into a national program this year, with plans to open chapters in other cities across the U.S.
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Mikey, holding his framed issue, would go on to turn in a 4:12.69 in the boys’ high school invitational New Balance Mile later that evening, a personal best and good for third place.
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Mikey Brannigan and Bernard Lagat discuss their respective races at night’s end. An eight-time Wanamaker Mile champ, Lagat finished fourth in the men’s race but shattered Eamonn Coghlan’s previous masters’ indoor mile world record (3:58.15 set in 1994) with a 3:54.91 finish.
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