Mile News


Rob Napolitano: Columbia’s sub-4 minute man

April 02, 2016

“The race itself was … in the back of my head pretty soon after, but the few hours after the race were definitely more important and special. It had been a goal for a while.”

By Kayla Levy | Spectator Staff Writer

Rob Napolitano ran nearly 13 seconds slower than his Mile personal record at the NCAA Indoor Championships in mid-March, but he’s still convinced this race was harder than his record-setting performance a month earlier.

The junior finished 14th out of 16 runners at Nationals with a time of 4:11:78, far short of his 3:58.98 mark at the 2016 Fasttrack National Invite.

“[In] breaking four [minutes] … I had one job to do, and was going to go as hard as I could from the start,” Napolitano said. “[With Nationals], you’re thinking, and you’re pacing, and you’re shoving people."

The pack was slower overall at this year's Nationals, held in Birmingham, AL—no one ran a sub-4 minute time in the preliminaries or the final Mile, despite the field having runners that had beaten that benchmark in qualifying.

Continue reading at: http://columbiaspectator.com

Tags: rob napolitano (3)

Facebook Comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

ELEVATE
Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

CELEBRATE
Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT
Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!