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  • Writer's pictureJoe Pace

New England Sports 366, #40: Elinor Purrier

Topical alert!


Yesterday, Vermont native (and more importantly, UNH grad) Ellie Purrier destroyed the women’s American indoor mile record with a blistering 4:16.85. That’s the second fastest women’s indoor mile in world history, and a full four seconds faster than Mary Decker Slaney’s 37-year old record.


Purrier’s excellence is nothing new and nothing surprising. A Class of ‘18 Wildcat, she won the NCAA championships her senior year in the indoor mile, and went on to finish sixth in the outdoor 1500m at the USA Track and Field Championships with a 4:09.30. She was a dominant performer in Vermont prep school track before her UNH days, during which she was an America East champion 16 times and an All-American ten times.


Purrier runs professionally for New Balance now. But she’ll always be a Wildcat.

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