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Johnston finishes 1600m in record time

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Spokane native Ben Johnston, a senior at North Central High School, clocked the fastest time in the nation this season at the Shoreline Invitational on Saturday. Johnston ran the 1600m in 4 minutes, 6.54 seconds at the event at Shoreline Stadium in Seattle.

Johnston's finish time was good enough for both a school and a meet record. He eclipsed the record previously held by Auburn Riverside's Carl Moe of 4:10.90. His time on Saturday is believed to be the 10th-fastest in Washington state history.  Johnston was also named the track athlete of the meet.

Kenny Krotzer, from Auburn Riverside, came in second with a time of 4:07.24.

The state's top 1600m time is owned by Gerry Lindgren (Rogers HS, Spokane), who ran the race in 4:00.1. His time is converted from his mile time of 4:01.5 he ran in 1964 in Jamaica.

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