Wes Santee

Birthday: 03/25/32 Mile PR: 4:00.5 - 1955
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:42.8 - 1954 (former world record)
High School: Ashland HS
Hometown: Ashland, KS
College: University of Kansas

Wes Santee  was an Olympian in the 5000 meters at the Games in Helsinki 1952, but he is best known for his efforts in the Mile and 1500 meters. Santee was one of a select few who were chasing the sub-4 minute Mile barrier before it was achieved in 1954 by Roger Bannister of Great Britain.

Santee captured USA Outdoor 1500m / Mile crowns in 1952, 1953 & 1955, and four times he set the outdoor U.S. Mile record between 1953-55, just missing the first sub-4 by an American with his 4:00.5 final record clocking.

On June 4, 1954, Santee set the world record in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:42.8, the indoor Mile world record twice (4:04.9 in 1954 and 4:03.8 in 1955) and the indoor 1500 meter world record in 1955 (3:48.3). The Kansas grad won the NCAA outdoor Mile title in 1953 and was the 1500m silver medalist at the 1955 Pan Am Games. Santee passed away on November 14, 2010.

FUN FACTS: Born in Ashland, Kansas, Santee, because of his running prowess, was nicknamed the "Ashland Antelope" and his other nickname was "The Kansas Cowboy". His first name is "David".

News

One State, Three Mile Legends: Cunningham, Santee, Ryun

November 05, 2015

Record setting, Olympic trio hail from Kansas, the Sunflower State

By Bring Back the Mile

Kansas is known for its expansive wheat fields, but it has also amazingly grown three of the greatest Milers in history: Glenn Cunningham, Wes Santee and Jim Ryun. Consider below the impressive...

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Sir Roger Bannister Becomes a Comic Book Hero

February 12, 2013

By Shabbir, Commic Buzz

Legendary athlete, Sir Roger Bannister runs for his life as a comic book hero in a new graphic novel, The Murder Mile.  In 1954, the world-class runner took part in a number of heats prior to his historical victory at Ifley Rd, Oxford in May where he broke the...

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Attic Salt for Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

October 28, 2012

By Ed Cullen, The Advocate

Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-4 minute Mile in history in 1954, was the hero of high school middle distance runners in the 1960s.

Reading Neal Bascomb’s book, “The Perfect Mile,” has brought back the joyful and painful memories of running the half mile at...

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Where Are America’s Milers?

August 27, 1956

A stirring tradition of U.S. distance running is dying on the vine. What are the reasons, and what should be done to bring it back?

By David Richardson, Sports Illustrated 

The most extraordinary thing about the once elusive four-minute Mile in recent weeks has been the almost casual manner...

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