Chronological Listing of U.S. Women
Who Have Broken 4:30 in the Mile


as of July 11, 2014

The mark listed for each U.S. athlete is her first-ever sub-4:30 Mile as a U.S. citizen. Performance also must be run in a Mile track race – indoors or outdoors. Since 1975, to-date, 52 U.S. women have broken 4 minutes, 30 seconds in the Mile. NOTE: women have had fewer opportunities to run the Mile than men over the past 30-plus years.

On February 15, 1975, Francie Larrieu (pictured right) became the first U.S. woman to break 4:30 for the Mile and Shannon Rowbury’s 4:20.34 on September 7, 2008 in Rieti, Italy is the fastest debut sub-4:30 Mile by a U.S. woman.

2014 (to-date) has produced the most new sub-4:30 U.S. members, 7 women, respectively.

Additions and corrections are welcome at: media@bringbackthemile.com

i = indoors

YEAR / NAME TIME PLACE LOCATION DATE
1975        
1) Francie Larrieu 4:29.0i 1 San Diego February 15
1979        
2) Mary Decker 4:23.49 1 Philadelphia June 30
3) Jan Merrill 4:28.23 3 Philadelphia June 30
1982        
4) Cindy Bremser 4:29.21 1 Westwood May 16
1984        
5) Ruth Wysocki 4:21.78 1 London       September 7
1985        
6) Suzanne Girard 4:28.65 4 Edinburgh July 23
7) Chris Gregorek 4:29.00 4 Oslo      July 27
1986        
8) Sue Addison           4:23.93 2 Nice      July 15
9) Claudette Groenendaal 4:25.29 8 Brussels September 5
1987        
10) Linda Sheskey 4:29.09 1 Eugene    June 6
11) Diana Richburg        4:25.77 1 London    July 10
12) Mary Knisely 4:28.49 5 London July 10
1988        
13) Vicki Huber 4:28.31i 3 New York February 5
1989        
14) Suzy Favor 4:27.31 1 Westwood August 6
15) PattiSue Plumer       4:29.21 2 Westwood August 6
1990        
16) Lynn Jennings         4:24.14 3 Oslo      July 14
17) Gina Procaccio        4:24.85 5 Oslo      July 14
1991        
18) Annette Peters 4:29.63 9 Oslo      July 6
1992        
19) Shelly Steely         4:25.49 3 Sheffield August 14
1993        
20) Ceci St. Geme 4:27.0 1 Los Gatos June 24
1995        
21) Regina Jacobs 4:26.54i 1 Atlanta March 4
1997        
22) Juli Henner   4:26.91 2 Linz  July 9
23) Amy Wickus 4:27.68 3 Linz  July 9
1998        
24) Alisa Harvey 4:29.65 7 Uniondale July 20
1999        
25) Amy Rudolph 4:27.66 7 Nice July 17
26) Sarah Thorsett 4:28.42 9 Nice July 17
2003        
27) Mary Jane Harrelson 4:29.10 1 Falmouth  August 9
2006        
28) Treniere Clement 4:29.93i 2 Boston January 29
29) Carrie Tollefson 4:27.96 1 Falmouth  August 12
30) Erin Donohue 4:28.99 2 Falmouth  August 12
31) Tiffany McWilliams 4:29.56 3 Falmouth  August 12
2008        
32) Christin Wurth-Thomas 4:27.18i 1 Fayetteville February 15
33) Shannon Rowbury, fastest U.S. first sub-4:30 4:20.34 3 Rieti     September 7
34) Anna Willard 4:28.37 11 Rieti September 7
35) Lindsay Gallo 4:28.90 13 Rieti September 7
2009        
36) Jenny Barringer 4:25.91i 1 College Station February 28
37) Sarah Bowman 4:29.72i 1 College Station March 14
2012        
38) Katie Flood 4:28:48i 2 Seattle February 11
39) Brenda Martinez 4:26.78 1 Falmouth  August 11
40) Gabriele Anderson 4:27.94 2 Falmouth  August 11
41) Kim Conley 4:27.23 1 Leuven August 18
2013        
42) Mary Cain, youngest, age 16 4:28:25i 2 New York February 16
43) Kate Grace 4:28:79i 3 New York February 16
44) Emma Coburn 4:29.86i 4 New York February 16
45) Brie Felnagle 4:28.90 2 San Diego May 5
2014 - most first U.S. sub-4:30 in one year        
46) Abbey D'Agostino 4:28.31i 2 Boston January 24
47) Jordan Hasay 4:28.37i 3 Boston January 24
48) Amanda Winslow 4:26.28i 1 Boston February 8
49) Morgan Uceny 4:29.89 2 Concord June 5
50) Molly Huddle 4:26.84 1 Dublin July 11
51) Aisha Praught 4:27.61 3 Dublin July 11
52) Lauren Penney 4:28.02 4 Dublin July 11
i = indoors        
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