FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – While the rest of the Texas Tech track & field team settled in to round out an off weekend by tuning into the Super Bowl, Takieddine Hedeilli broke the school’s mile record at an American Track League meet at the University of Arkansas.
Hedeilli, who made the trip to Fayetteville with head cross country and distance coach Jon Murray after receiving a waiver to compete in the professional meet Thursday, ran 3:56.79 in a blistering mile race that saw five of the six finishers go sub-four minutes. Hedeilli edged out New Zealand’s Nick Willis, who crossed just three one-hundredths of a second behind the Tech grad transfer.
Hedeilli’s program-record mile run Sunday eclipses the 3:58.88 mark he set last season at the University of Washington. Like Sunday, Hedeilli’s sub-four at Washington came on a trip taken with Murray in search of strong mile competition.
“What a performance by Taki,” said Murray after the race. “It is a testimony to his dedication to his sport over the last year. It’s another step in the right direction. Always great to get another school record.”
Hedeilli has now claimed two school records in the past month. His first came in his season-opening race, the 800m. It took place at the Corky Classic, where he timed 1:45.98 to take the world lead, set the Algerian national indoor record and break a program mark held by current sprints/relays/hurdles coach, Zach Glavash.
Release provided by Jeremy OBrien Texas Tech Athletics