Bring Back the Mile
By Brett Hoover, Armory Track
Yesterday at a student career fair in Indianapolis, I ran into Scott Williams, an All-American and Big 10 champion while at Indiana University.
"Scott," I said. " A Columbia kid ran a 3:35 last night!"
After an ever brief pause, Williams responded, "Wow. That's like a 3:52!"
Ever appropriate, this conversation with conversion happened on the 47th anniversary of Jim Ryun becoming the first high schooler to break the four-minute Mile.
But you'd think that, well, the mile only means something to Boomers, you know? Folks who were born while John F. Kennedy was alive.
Reliving the moment, Merber said afterward, "I didn't have it in perspective yet until I realized the Mile conversion. I guess the American — you know, you always think, 'What's your Mile time?' Once I realized, 'Whoa, that's a 3:52.' Then I thought something just happened."
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