Sub-4: The Quest for Greatness
By Darrin DeTorres, DistancePreps.com
On a wet and windy day nearly 59 years ago, a young man with a dream of the seemingly impossible became the first runner to break the 4 minute barrier in the Mile. In the 59 years following Roger Bannister’s magical performance, runners all over the world strive to become a member of the very elite and join the sub-4 club. The exclusive U.S. Sub-4 Minute Milers list HERE.
In the ranks of these elite there is a yet more elusive club, American high school sub-4 runners with members you can count on one hand: Jim Ryun, Tim Danielson, Marty Liquori, Alan Webb and Lukas Verzbicas - the only 5 who have accomplished the feat over the last 49 years since Jim Ryun first went sub-4 at the Compton Relays in 1964 (3:59.0).
In the high school quest for sub-4 minutes, nearly all who have tried...fail.
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