Friday, June 2, 2017

3:59.30 for Reed Brown--Texas high school athlete goes sub-4:00

On a Thursday evening (1 June 2017) in Saint Louis, Missouri at a little track meet called the Festival of Miles, Reed Brown won a one-mile race on the Saint Louis University High School track in 3:59.30. In the 60-plus years since Roger Bannister first ran the distance in under 4:00, sub-4:00 miles have lost some of their luster. But Reed Brown was a high school senior at Carroll High in Southlake, Texas. Not many high school milers crack four minutes. In fact, only ten Americans, including Brown, have managed the feat. Brown's 3:59.30 makes him the fourth fastest in that group of ten. Here's a list of that elite group, with their mile times, their schools, the location of those schools, and the year they logged their performance:

America's First Ten Sub-4:00 High School Milers
TimeAthleteHigh SchoolCityStateYear
3:53.43Alan WebbSouth LakesRestonVA2001
3:55.3Jim RyunEastWichitaKS1965
3:57.81Drew HunterLoudoun ValleyPurcellvilleVA2016
3:59.30Reed BrownCarrollSouthlakeTX2017
3:59.38Matthew MatonSummitBendOR2015
3:59.38Grant FisherGrand BlancGrand BlancMI2015
3:59.4Tim DanielsonChula VistaChula VistaCA1966
3:59.53Michael SlagowskiRocky MountainMeridianID2016
3:59.71Lukas VerzbicasSandburgOrland ParkIL2011
3:59.8Marty LiquoriEssex CatholicNewarkNJ1967
Drew Hunter's performance was in an indoor race.

All of the athletes were seniors except for Luka Verzbicas, who was a junior.

Note that these are United States athletes. Young runners from other countries have managed gone sub-4:00 at high school age as well, notably Canadians Kevin Sullivan and Nate Brannen, each of whom lived in Tallahassee for some time.

The Saint Louis Festival of Miles is a track meet that showcases one event--the one-mile run. In 2017, its tenth year, it has become an evening of invitational mile races at the junior high, high school, and pro level. Somehow a couple of 800-meter races slipped into the program, and in 2017 Caitlin Collier of Jacksonville, Florida Bolles High School won the women's 800 in a stunning 2:03.32.

Saint Louis Festival of Miles High School Mile Champs, 2011 - 2017
1 June 20114:07.68, Daniel Everett4:52.83, Colleen Quigley
31 May 20124:11.97, Amos Bartelsmeyer4:56.99, Hannah Long
30 May 20134:12.23, Spencer Haik4:47.43, Stephanie Jenks
5 June 20144:05.98, Spencer Haik4:46.67, Stephanie Jenks
4 June 20154:09.47, Bryce Richards4:47.82, Stephanie Jenks
2 June 20164:05.29, Jon Davis4:46.89, Cailie Logue
1 June 20173:59.30, Reed Brown4:50.66, Madison Mooney
From 2008 to 2010 there was no high school mile at the Festival of Miles.