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Former Hilltopper Breaks 4-Minute Mile, to Run at USA Indoor Championships

February 19, 2013

By James Barron, The New Mexican

What does .89 of a second mean to Ryan McNiff?

Well, it’s the difference between staying in Houston and being in Albuquerque for the first weekend of March. It’s also the difference between setting goals and breaking them.

McNiff, a 2006 Los Alamos graduate, made history Feb. 8 — both personal and state — as he broke the 4-minute Mile with a 3-minute, 59.11-second time in the 1-Mile invitational event at the Tyson Invitational indoor track and field meet in Fayetteville, Ark. He became the fifth New Mexican to break the barrier (Santa Fe Preparatory graduate Dan Maas is among that group) and achieved a personal goal with the time.

It sets him up for a homecoming of sorts when he heads to the Albuquerque Convention Center for the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 2.

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