Drew Hunter

Birthday: 09/05/97 Mile PR: 3:56.80 (indoors) - 2017
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:38.39 - 2017
High School: Loudoun Valley (VA)
Hometown: Purcellville, VA
Current Residence: Purcellville, VA

On February 6, 2016 at the Armory Track Invitational Drew Hunter became the second prep to run a sub-4 minute Mile indoors, breaking Mile legend Alan Webb’s previous record of 3:59.86 with a 3:58.25 performance. Two weeks later at the famed Millrose Games, Hunter ran another sub-4, 3:57.81 (4th overall and U.S. HS indoor record), to become the first U.S. high school boy with two sub-4s indoors. In late May, Drew also recorded a sub-4 outdoors at the Prefontaine Classic's Bowerman Mile, 3:58.86, his third of the year, only legend Jim Ryun, with 5 sub-4s, has more by a U.S. HSer in the same year.

At Loudoun Valley High School, Hunter also had several other accolades under his belt, including a Foot Locker Cross Country Championship and Penn Relays titles as well as several Virginia state titles. Drew had committed to run at the University of Oregon, but signed a professional contract with adidas in July 2016, and in August at the Sir Walter Miler, his first race as a pro, he recorded his Mile PR of 3:57.15.

In his professional indoor debut at the New Balance Games on January 21, 2017, teen phenom Hunter won the Mile, breaking the beam in 3:58.92.

FUN FACT I: Running is in Hunter’s blood. His parents: Marc Hunter was a two-time USA World Cross Country team member while Joan was a state champion in Virginia. In 1999 Hunter’s parents coached Alan Webb who later became the American record holder at the distance, the fourth prep runner to break 4 minutes in the Mile outdoors and at that time the only prep to run sub-4 indoors.

FUN FACT II: Hunter is one of 11 children, five of whom were adopted from Haiti and China.

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News

Drew Hunter to Make Pro Indoor Debut at New Balance Games

January 17, 2017

Rising star and high school indoor Mile record holder to run storied distance again at The Armory in New York City

NEW YORK – Drew Hunter will make his professional indoor debut at the New Balance Games on Saturday, January 21 at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.

The New Balance...

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Eat Like an Elite: Drew Hunter and 10 Others in His Immediate Family

November 18, 2016

“He’s fairly capable already, but the practice will be good for him. Hopefully he will leave home able to prepare a variety of healthy meals for himself.” - Joan Hunter

By Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner's World

Joan Hunter has a lot of mouths to feed—11 of them at times. That tally includes her...

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Generation Next: Influential and Inspiring Runners Under 30

September 16, 2016

“It might be one of the hardest decisions I’ll have to make. I mean, the University of Oregon is the best program in the country. Turning that down is not easy.”

By Competitor.com

Drew Hunter, 18, Purceville, VA

For four years in an illustrious high school career, Drew Hunter was used to...

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HS star Mile runner Drew Hunter turns professional, signs with adidas

July 09, 2016

"The most important thing is not rushing anything and I’m grateful that adidas understands that process for me to grow as an athlete.”

By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

EUGENE, Ore. — When Loudoun Valley senior Drew Hunter ran 3:58.25 to break Alan Webb’s 3:59.86 high school indoor Mile...

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Hunter Recovering from Bout with Lyme Disease

June 25, 2016

Back to full-tilt training, the #8 sub-4 U.S. HSer and Oregon bound athlete is feeling great and has gotten green lights from his doctors.

By Jeff Hollobaugh for Track & Field News

Where is Drew Hunter? The drumbeat is starting to sound on the Internet about the nation’s top prep distance...

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Three Preps - Hunter, Slagowski, Tamagno - to Compete in Mile races at 2016 Prefontaine Classic

May 24, 2016

"Our rule of thumb is, we don't consider any prep who isn't capable of running 4 minutes." - Tom Jordan, meet director

By Doug Binder, DyeStat

Prefontaine Classic meet director Tom Jordan has always had a soft spot for high school Milers on the cusp of glory and eager to take on the the...

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Four Minutes to Fame: Maton, Fisher and Hunter

February 26, 2016

The latest HSer sub-4 does credit Maton and Fisher for lighting a fire: “It was really inspiring. After I saw that, I thought ‘OK. I’ve got one goal for next year and hopefully I can join the club.'”

By Parker West, Dyestat

In the span of 10 months, the number of all-time sub-4 high school...

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Drew Hunter Again Breaks High School Indoor Mile Mark

February 23, 2016

“He’s not afraid of anything, and he’s just a ferocious competitor. I think his mental strength is extraordinary.”

By Lindsay Crouse, New York Times

Drew Hunter broke his national high school indoor Mile record at the Millrose Games on Saturday in an event that proved to be as much a...

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Family ties: Drew Hunter breaks high school indoor Mile record

February 08, 2016

“I think it’s something that’s not ironic but unique and special. I think everything happens for a reason. I think this is the beginning.”

By Christopher Chavez, Sports Illustrated

As a freshman at South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., Alan Webb was a swimmer who thrived in running despite...

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Hunter goes sub-4, sets U.S. high school indoor Mile record

February 06, 2016

"It was so loud the last lap that I just, kind of adrenaline kicked in." - Drew Hunter, 8th U.S. high school boy to break 4 minutes, now third fastest all-time behind legends Alan Webb and Jim Ryun

By David Monti, RRW
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission

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Drew Hunter Eyes Sub-4 Mile at Armory Track Invitational

January 31, 2016

“Alan Webb is the first guy I looked up to as a runner. To know he was the first one to break four (indoors) -- and I hope to do it this year -- is special.”

From Armory Track

Drew Hunter, of Purcellville, Va., has his sights set on becoming the second high school boy to break the 4-minute...

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Drew Hunter eyes sub-4 minute Mile indoors

December 17, 2015

Foot Locker XC champion to compete as Open runner at professional races this winter: “I think I can run 4-flat right now.”

By Marc Bloom, Running Times

Shortly after his runaway victory at the Foot Locker national high school cross-country championships on Saturday in San Diego, Drew Hunter...

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Drew Hunter, nation’s top-rated distance runner, commits and signs with Oregon Ducks

November 17, 2015

"I want to be a part of special and there's no program out there that has the richness of tradition. All the names of the school record holders... it's incredible.”

By Andrew Nemec, The Oregonian

While most Oregon Ducks fans spent Thursday anxiously awaiting the announcements of Ryan Kelley,...

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Drew Hunter: Homemade Champion

September 28, 2015

In the coming year he might even become the 8th U.S. high schooler to break 4 minutes in the Mile. Or the first boy from Northern Virginia to win the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship.

By Dickson Mercer, Run Washington

Marc and Joan Hunter, the head coaches at South Lakes High School,...

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High School Running’s Next Big Star: Andrew Hunter

October 21, 2015

Athleticism and track speed make the Virginia senior a threat in cross country and as the next sub-4 minute HS Miler

By Hailey Middlebrook, Running Times

Andrew Hunter didn't run in middle school, but the senior at Loudon Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia, had plenty of background...

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Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter nearly cracks 4 minute Mile

June 17, 2015

“That’s the goal of any high school runner — to go under 4 minutes.”

By Jason Butt, The Washington Post

Halfway through Saturday’s adidas Grand Prix Boys Dream Mile in New York, Loudoun Valley junior Andrew Hunter figured a four-minute pace was out of the question. The field wasn’t moving...

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Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter wins Mile at Penn Relays

April 26, 2015

A year after winning the 3000 meter race, Hunter wins the Mile in 4:07.15 seconds to become only the second boy to do so after Matthew Centrowitz.

By Jason Butt, The Washington Post

Loudoun Valley junior Andrew Hunter could have attempted to defend the 3000 meter title he won a year ago. But...

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