Mile maintains mystique for Ben Saarel, CU runners
"Once people around the nation see these (Mile) times in the morning, my phone is going to be ringing off the hook with people wanting to come race here."
By Mike Sandrock, The Daily Camera
3:55, 3:56, 3:57...
The clock at the end of the Sklar Family Track's south straightaway on the University of Colorado campus counted down the final seconds of the men's Mile Friday night, Feb. 3 as CU runners Joe Klecker, Zach Perrin and Ben Saarel gave an all-out sprint over the final 100 meters.
Would one or more of the trio become the first ever to break the magical 4-minute Mile barrier in Colorado?
A crowd of roughly 300 lining the new Mondo track, including Adam (Goucher) and Kara Goucher, Stephen Pifer, Jake Hurysz and other of CU's past All Americans, cheered the runners home. After a "conservative" early pace of 61 seconds for the first 400 meters and 2:03 for 800, it seemed that yes, they were indeed going to go sub-4!
3:58, 3:59, 4:00...
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Altitude conversion for the Mile times per the top 4: