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January 29, 2013

O'Donnell's time sets mark: No. 1 in country

BOSTON — The Super Bowl was still a week away but Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell had his own Super Sunday at the State Coaches Elite Invitational two days ago.

By running a New England-leading time of 2:27.22 in the 1000 meters, O’Donnell not only set a meet record, but he turned in the fastest indoor time in the country this winter.

Moreover, O’Donnell joined a rather exclusive group of members of the 1000-meter club who have run under two minutes 28 seconds for the five-lap indoor race.

His performance is No. 6 all-time in New England indoors and No.5 all-time in Massachusetts, moving him just ahead of Xaverian’s Mark Amirault, the former standout from Xaverian Brother’s High School who later become an All-American at Princeton.

He was more than three seconds in front of runner-up Tim Cox of Acton-Boxboro Sunday in a race that turned into a romp.

O’Donnell, who was a Division 1 state champion in cross country, is currently ranked No.2 in New England in the 2-mile [9:31.26] and the No.5 performer in the mile [4:22.25]. O’Donnell’s time took down the meet record of 2:27.80 by Charlestown’s Omar Abdi. The New England and Mass. record of 2:25.14 is held by Said Ahmed, the former Boston English High School All-American.

Last year in outdoor track, O’Donnell ran a 4:15.89 in the mile, which is sixth best all-time in the area, ran a 1:56.69 in the 800 and a 9:29.14 in the 2-mile. He was the Eagle-Tribune MVP indoors, an honor he’s well on his way to repeating.

Looking ahead, O’Donnell has been considering UMass Amherst, UConn, URI and Clemson as colleges for which he’ll compete in the future. But, the way he’s running, that list should expand.

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