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2012 U.S. Prep Milers Produce Greater Depth

June 21, 2012

Outdoor season continues U.S. trend of more top end Mile performances
By Bring Back the Mile

American prep Milers have had another banner year across the country as evidenced by the ESPN / Dyestat's Elite Rankings, which go back to 1999, and these rankings reveal for 2012:

  • GIRLS: four who went sub-4:40, the most in one year
  • GIRLS: 58 who dipped under 5:00 minutes, just missing last year's record high of 59
  • BOYS: nine who cracked sub-4:05, impressively all in one race at the aptly named adidas Jim Ryun Dream Mile in New York City; the first time that has happened
  • BOYS: 64 who ran under 4:15, topping 2010's high of 56. 

For comparison we have provided a five, ten and 13 year chart of prep Mile marks:

  sub-4:05 sub-4:10 sub-4:15 sub-4:40 sub-4:50 sub-5:00
2012 9 15 64 4 11 58
2007 4 17 50 0 8 40
2002 0 6 23 0 3 33
1999 2 6 21 0 3 22

What a year it was for the girls with Mary Cain, a sophomore from Bronxville, NY leading the charge. Not only does she boast a blazingly fast 4:39.28 Mile, which she earned at the Penn Relays earlier in the year, but her recent 1500 meter title at the USATF Junior Championships in 4:14.74 was the second fastest by a prep, just .24 seconds behind Jordan Hasay's HS record.

2012 Top 4 Milers 

4:39.28 Mary Cain 2014 Bronxville, NY Penn Relays (PA)
4:39.64 Cami Chapus 2012 Harvard-Westlake, CA adidas Grand Prix (NY)
4:39.94 Angel Piccirillo 2012 Homer-Center, PA adidas Grand Prix (NY)
4:39.98 Alli Cash 2013 Shawnee Mission West, KS adidas Grand Prix (NY)

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The adidas Grand Prix Jim Ryun Dream Mile was certainly the highlight of the outdoor season where nine boys went under 4:05! While none broke the coveted 4 minute barrier, a new star was born in Bernie Montoya. The junior out of Cibola, AZ ran an incredible final lap to beat a deep field by more than a second, winning the Mile in 4:01.32, #3 all-time in a high school-only competition (FloTrack video here). 

2012 Top 4 Milers 

4:01.32 Bernie Montoya 2013 Cibola, AZ adidas Grand Prix (NY)
4:02.73 Jacob Burcham 2013 Cabell Midland, WV adidas Grand Prix (NY)
4:02.98 Josh Lampron 2012 Mansfield, MA adidas Grand Prix (NY)
4:03.12 Brannon Kidder 2012 Lancaster, OH adidas Grand Prix (NY)

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