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Oregon’s original sub-4 minute Milers honored before Prefontaine Classic

May 31, 2016

Sub-4 "is something you have on your resumé for the rest of your life."

By Lindsay Rossmiller, Run Blog Run

Prior to the only U.S. stop on the IAAF Diamond League in the western hemisphere, a group of former athletes familiar with Hayward Field met a block away from the Prefontaine Classic. Nine men who ran sub-4 minute Miles from 1956-1970 for the University of Oregon had a reunion and the Oregon Track Club invited the public to attend.

Jm Bailey (3:58.6, 1956), Keith Forman (3:58.3, 1962), Jim Grelle (3:59.9, 1962), Archie San Romani (3:57.6, 1964), Roscoe Divine (3:59.1, 1966), Wade Bell (5:39.8, 1966), Arne Kvalheim (3:59.4, 1967), Dave Wilson (3:56.2, 1967) and Steve Savage (3:58.2, 1970) all broke the 4 minute Mile barrier under famed Oregon coach Bill Bowerman. Eleven of his runners would break the barrier, including Dyrol Burleson (3:58.6, 1960) who couldn't attend for health reasons, and the late Steve Prefontaine (3:57.4, 1970).

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Tags: university of oregon (10) , prefontaine classic (34) , oregon track club (6) , bill bowerman (10)

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