Jack Hackett Records PR at 2011 Festival of Miles

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Written by Ciara Jones, senior outside hitter, women's volleyball

20100220_TF09_BigEast.jpgJack Hackett has two full years of eligibility remaining at Marquette.

ST. LOUIS - Marquette University men's junior middle distance runner Jack Hackett set a new personal best in the mile run with a time of 4:06.93 on Wednesday evening at the 2011 Festival of Miles at Saint Louis University High School.

For complete results click here and for video of the race click here.

"Jack had a very solid performance in last night's Festival of Miles," Marquette assistant track and field coach for distance Mike Nelson said. "His major goal going into the race was to break 4:05, so he just missed that, however he continues to get closer and closer to that magical 4-minute barrier. With two years of eligibility remaining, its going to be a lot of fun to watch him chase that elusive physical and mental goal of the 4-minute mile."

Hackett finished 12th in the race after entering the meet with a personal best of 4:07.38, a mark third all-time on the Marquette men's indoor top-10 list. He also ranks in the top-10 at MU in the indoor 3,000- and the outdoor 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs.

The Port Washington, Wis., native is coming off a solid indoor season where he placed fifth in the mile at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships.  

The Festival of Miles, which takes place each spring, is a track meet that showcases the sport at all levels featuring youth competitors, masters runners and some of the world's best athletes.

Wednesday evening's race featured seven sub-4-minute milers in the men's race, including former Marquette runner Tommy Schmitz, a 2007 Marquette alumnus and the MU record holder in the men's outdoor 1,500-meter run. 

Schmitz, running for Saucony, placed seventh in 4:03.49.

The Festival of Miles Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sport of track and field and give back to athletes in need. Each year all proceeds from ticket sales go to an athlete/athletes in need.

This year's sponsored athlete is Mike Rathmann, a graduate of Saint Louis University High School, who was paralyzed just weeks after graduation in 2008.

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