Mile News Tagged Wes Santee


One State, Three Mile Legends: Cunningham, Santee, Ryun

November 05, 2015

Record setting, Olympic trio hail from Kansas, the Sunflower State

By Bring Back the Mile

Kansas is known for its expansive wheat fields, but it has also amazingly grown three of the greatest Milers in history: Glenn Cunningham, Wes Santee and Jim Ryun. Consider below the impressive...

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Making the Most of Your Mile: Kansas Road Mile

October 30, 2014

Presented by HOKA ONE ONE, the interview series speaks with Trevor Darmstetter, Race Director for the inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship.

By Bring Back the Mile

It's typically difficult to find road Mile events after September in the U.S., but the inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship,...

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State Mile Guide: #34 Kansas

April 25, 2014

Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
Capital: Topeka
Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulty)

Kansas’ state motto, “To the stars through difficulty,” perfectly encapsulates the feelings of those that struggle to realize a dream, and in particular their running dreams. The...

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Lost American Mile Masters

April 23, 2013

Lesser-known runners larger-than-life champions in their day

By Roger Robinson, Running Times

Name the only American middle-distance runner to win four Olympic gold medals. Which great American Miler was rejected by the New York police because of a suspect heart?

Which famous American...

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Sir Roger Bannister Becomes a Comic Book Hero

February 12, 2013

By Shabbir, Comic Buzz

Legendary athlete, Sir Roger Bannister runs for his life as a comic book hero in a new graphic novel The Murder Mile. In 1954, the world class runner took part in a number of heats prior to his historical victory at Iffley Road, Oxford in May where he broke the 4 minute...

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Attic Salt for Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

October 28, 2012

By Ed Cullen, The Advocate

Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-4 minute Mile in history in 1954, was the hero of high school middle distance runners in the 1960s.

Reading Neal Bascomb’s book, “The Perfect Mile,” has brought back the joyful and painful memories of running the half mile at...

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Further Reflections: A teen’s ‘what-if’ memories from the Relays

April 22, 2012

By Carroll McKibben, Des Moines Register

The Drake Relays might have been the site of the first 4-minute mile. That opportunity never occurred, however, because of a decision made, ironically, by a former Drake University track coach, Bill Easton. The popular Easton coached the Bulldogs and...

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Where Are America’s Milers?

August 27, 1956

A stirring tradition of U.S. distance running is dying on the vine. What are the reasons, and what should be done to bring it back?

By David Richardson, Sports Illustrated 

The most extraordinary thing about the once elusive 4 minute Mile in recent weeks has been the almost casual manner in...

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Santee’s Overwhelming Saturday

March 12, 1956

In an atmosphere of confusion a great Miler scores two triumphs which could be his last

By Roy Terrell, Sports Illustrated

This is the story of a foot race destined to go down in track history as the Blackstone Mile—the only race in the memory of even the oldest AAU official (and not even the...

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The Riotous Wanamaker Mile

February 14, 1955

Gunnar Nielsen won the famed Mile and set a world record of 4:03.6 in doing it, but hardly anyone noticed, for behind the Dane, Wes Santee and Fred Dwyer were wrestling each other down the stretch

By Robert Creamer, Sports Illustrated

NEW YORK - There are those who say it was the best running...

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