JOHNSON CITY, TENN., JAN. 25 -- Ireland's Marcus O'Sullivan won the men's mile in 3 minutes 58.96 seconds today at the USAir Invitational track and field meet at East Tennessee State University.
Gina Procaccio held off world record holder Doina Melinte of Romania and Svetlana Kitova of the Soviet Union to win the women's mile for the second consecutive year with a time of 4:30.16.
Athletes from George Mason won four events. Eric Akogyiran won the 100 meters in 10.51, Patrick O'Conner won the 400 in 46.76 and Istvan Bagyula the pole vault at 18 feet 6 1/2. Mason's mile relay of Corey Cokes, Shawn Vass, Anthony Wallace and O'Conner won in 3:08.99.
George Mason's team is preparing for the Feb. 3 Mobil 1 Invitational at the school in northern Virginia.
O'Sullivan said he felt the presence of second-place finisher Peter Rono, an Olympian from Kenya.
"With a lap to go I knew he was right there," O'Sullivan said. "With three-quarters lap to go, I just dug in."
His time is the first finish under four minutes indoors this season. Rono finished in 4:00.03.
O'Sullivan said he was worried about Rono and felt uneasy at the start of the race.
"I had hoped to go a little faster tonight," O'Sullivan said. "I was very tired from the beginning."
In the women's mile, Procaccio pulled ahead of Melinte on the last lap.
"I just made my move and she didn't really respond," Procaccio said, adding that she had felt pressure to defend her title until Melinte decided to compete here.
"I was glad when I saw Melinte in the race," she said. "I thought, 'That takes some of the pressure off me.' "
Kitova passed Melinte at the finish line. Kitova's time was 4:33.05 and Melinte finished in 4:33.12.
In the men's 800, Paul Ereng, the world record holder from Kenya, set a facility record with a 1:48.50. The old mark of 1:48.66 was set by Richard Rowe in 1989.