Asheville’s Presson Runs a Magical Mile
North Carolina junior only third Tar Heel to run sub-4 minute Mile joining legends Tony Waldrop and Reggie McAfee
By Andrew Pearson, Citizen-Times
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Asheville High alum Isaac Presson has an honest assessment of last Saturday night.
It never should have happened.
Presson made some magic by breaking four minutes in the Mile run for the first time at the Music City Distance Carnival track meet in Nashville, Tenn.
The University of North Carolina junior crossed the line with a personal-record time of 3 minutes, 58.67 seconds at the competition hosted by Vanderbilt.
Presson only made the trek to Tennessee with his father, Dean, because he failed to qualify for this week’s NCAA meet.
“First off, I didn’t even want to be there,” Presson said.
“It was a week after the (NCAA Eastern Region preliminary meet) and I didn’t qualify for nationals. I think my coaches expected me to call it a season. But I knew my training had been going well. I just wasn’t finding the right time to run my best races.”
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