Ohio schoolboys who have gone on to break 4 minutes for one mile

UPDATED LIST OF OHIO SCHOOLBOY MILERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO BREAK 4 MINUTES FOR THE MILE

1. Bob Schul 1964 Miami (Milton-Union)
2. Dave Wottle 1970 BGSU (Canton Lincoln)
3. Reggie McAfee 1973 UNC (Cincinnati Courtier Tech)
4. Steve Foster 1975 Florida TC (Madison)
5. Tom Byers 1981 Athletics West (Columbus North)
6. Kevin Ryan 1983 Athletics West (Cleve. St. Joseph)
7. Roosevelt Jackson 1988 Reebok (Orwell Grand Valley)
8. Bob Kennedy 1991 Indiana (Westerville North)
9. Mark Dailey 1993 New York AC (Lakewood St. Edward)
10. Rob Myers 2003 Ohio State (Lancaster Fairfield Union)

11. Ian Connor 2003 Nike (Galion Northmor)
12. Chris Estwanick 2004 Nike Farm Team (Dublin Coffman)
13. Jeff See 2007 Unattached (Middletown)
14. Tony Jordanek 2010 Unattached (Lexington)
15. Mack Chaffee 2011 Ragged Mountain TC (Chagrin Falls)
16. Cory Leslie 2011 Ohio State (Sandusky Perkins)
17. Brannon Kidder 2013 Penn State (Lancaster)
18. Chris Fallon 2013 Ohio State (Copley)
19. Jake Edwards 2014 Columbus RC (Delaware Hayes)
20. Eric Finan 2014 Team Minnesota (New Richmond)

21. Colby Alexander 2014 Oregon (Strongsville)
22. Clayton Murphy 2016 Akron (Tri Village)
23. Sam Prakel 2016 Oregon (Versailles)
24. Kyle Mau 2018 Indiana. (Hudson)
25. Mick Stanovsek 2018 Oregon (ND Cathedral Latin)
26. Michael Hall 2018 Florida State (St. Xavier)
27. Willy Fink 2018 VT Elite (Maumee)

Of the 26 athletes on the list, 15 broke 4 min for the first time while still running for their college team (or in their redshirt year).
(Schul, Wottle, McAfee, Kennedy, Myers, See, Leslie, Kidder, Fallon, Alexander, Murphy, Prakel, Mau, Stanovsek, and Hall)

Of the 26 athletes on the list, 9 have gone on to qualify for the 1500 meter final in the USA Championship Meet at least once (getting thru the heats to the championship race).
(Wottle, McAfee, Ryan, Byers, Myers, See, Alexander, Murphy, Prakel)

Reggie McAfee was the first African-American to break 4 in United States history.

Why is Sam Bair missing from the above list? He didn't attend HS in Ohio. He was from Pa. He did, however, run sub 4 for Kent State in 1967.
 
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Run4Life

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Originally Posted by State The Obvious View Post
UPDATED LIST OF OHIO SCHOOLBOY MILERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO BREAK 4 MINUTES FOR THE MILE


Why is Sam Bair missing from the above list? He didn't attend HS in Ohio. He was from Pa. He did, however, run sub 4 for Kent State in 1967.
Because the list says LIST OF OHIO SCHOOLBOY MILERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO BREAK 4 MINUTES FOR THE MILE, not Ohio college students.
 

cvctrackfan

Active member
That did it I’m coming out of retirement to break the four minute barrier. At 64 I still have a little left in my legs...any offers to coach me ?
 
Prakel, stanovsek earn all-american

Sam Prakel and Mick Stanovsek, 2 Ohio Oregon Ducks, earned All-American honors last weekend at the NCAA D1 Indoor Championships in Arkansas.

Multiple time career All-American, Prakel, took 3rd in the Mile, only tenths from the win, clocking 3:58.59.

Stanovsek had a bit of bad luck, getting tripped up and falling in his heat and failing to qualify for the final. At one point this indoor season, Mick had the top Mile time in the NCAA at 3:57.

However, Stanovsek had already earned his 2nd career All-American honor on Friday night running the 800 leg on the 3rd place Oregon DMR. Mick got the baton in 3rd and pushed the Ducks into 2nd at the handoff with a 1:48.75 leg.

Ohio Boys making a difference at the highest level of collegiate track!!
 

Ram On

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Some great miling by 3 former Ohio HS mile studs.

Oregon Ducks, Sam Prakel and Mick Stanovsik ran 3:39.75 and 3:39.96 to finish 3-4 in the 1500 meter run at the Stanford Invitational last weekend. That was a PR for Mick.
Those 1500's convert to 3:57.33 and 3:57.55 mile times.

Jacob Dumford (Westerville North) a 5th year Sr at Notre Dame, also ran a 1500 PR at Stanford last Saturday, racing to a 3:42.04. That is the equivalent to a 3:59.80 mile. Jacob has a 4:02.77 mile PR (indoor).
 
The Sam and Mick Show Continues...

Sam Prakel and Mick Stanovsek both ran 1500 PR's, as 4 Oregon Ducks broke 3:40 at the Bryan Clay Invite at Azusa Pacific today.

That very well could be the first time in NCAA history that 4 athletes from the same school broke 3:40 in the same race.

Prakel led all Ducks with a PR 3:36.84, equal to a 3:54.18 mile. Next came James West at 3:37.41 (3:54.80) and FRESHMAN Reed Brown at 3:39.56 (3:57.12), followed by Ohio Duck, Mick Stanovsek in a PR 3:39.82 (3:57.40).

Sam's 3:36.84 now ranks #8 on the All-Time Ohio 1500 list!
 
Here is the updated version of the top 1500 runners in Ohio history:

1) Colby Alexander 3:34.88 run in 2016
2) Rob Myers 3:34.89 run in 2005
3) Cory Leslie 3:34.93 run in 2013
4) Jeff See 3:35.21 run in 2012
5) Tom Byers 3:35.7 run in 1982
6) Dave Wottle 3:36.2 (HT) run in 1973
7) Clayton Murphy 3:36.23 run in 2016
8) Sam Prakel 3:36.84 run in 2018

To make the list, Prakel's 1500 converts to a 3:54.18 mile.

To top the list, Alexander's 1500 converts to a 3:52.07 mile
 
Penn relas

Jacob Dumford, former Westerville North State 1600 Champ (2013), now running as a redshirt senior at Notre Dame, came sooo close to becoming the 27th Ohio schoolboy to break 4 minutes in the mile on Saturday at the 124th running of the Penn Relays.

Jacob took 5th overall in a star studded field in the Roger Bannister Memorial Mile at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, and came agonizingly close to going under the magical barrier, stopping the clock at 4:00.00.

Here's hoping Jacob gets a few more shots at it.

Interesting note: When Jacob won the 2013 State 1600, he beat two athletes that have gone on to break four flat. Both St. Xavier's Michael Hall and Hudson's Kyle Mau achieved the feat earlier this season (indoors).
 
More Penn Relays

At the 124th annual Penn Relays Carnival in Philly this weekend, Colby Alexander and America's #1 ranked miler for 2017, Johnny Gregorek, had a neck and neck duel right to the finish in the Roger Bannister Memorial Mile Run with Johnny getting the win, pulling away from Colby in the final 75 meters for the win, 3:54.94 to 3:56.02.

Since they added the Mile Run to the meet in 1929, only 3 winning times have been faster than Colby's runner-up 3:56.02. In 1974, Tony Waldrop set the meet record of 3:53.2, in 1977, Kenya's Wilson Waigwa ran 3:54.04 and Saturday Gregorek ran 3:54.94.

At this point in the outdoor season, according to Track and Field News, Johnny and Colby now own the fastest two outdoor mile times in the world as of April 28th.

This was the season opener for both Colby and Johnny. Pretty good start to the season for both, I'd say!!

The wind, as usual at Penn, wreaked havoc with the runners, with the biggest victim being Jacob Dumford. On a day with less wind, the former Westerville North star's 4:00.00 is easily his first sub 4. Jacob took 5th in a stacked field.
 
Willy fink does it!!!

2012 Maumee grad and Eastern Michigan alum, Willy Fink has become the 27th Ohio schoolboy to go under 4 minutes in the mile. CONGRATS to Willy!

Willy ran 3:59.44 last night at the Wingfoot Mile at Emory University in Atlanta, placing 3rd.

Also running was Ryan Adams (CVCA, Furman U). Ryan placed 6th in a PR 4:01.16.

Ryan and Jacob Dumford (4:00.00) (Westerville North, Notre Dame) are bidding to become #'s 28 & 29!!
 
UPDATED LIST OF OHIO SCHOOLBOY MILERS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO BREAK 4 MINUTES FOR THE MILE

1. Bob Schul 1964 Miami (Milton-Union)
2. Dave Wottle 1970 BGSU (Canton Lincoln)
3. Reggie McAfee 1973 UNC (Cincinnati Courtier Tech)
4. Steve Foster 1975 Florida TC (Madison)
5. Tom Byers 1981 Athletics West (Columbus North)
6. Kevin Ryan 1983 Athletics West (Cleve. St. Joseph)
7. Roosevelt Jackson 1988 Reebok (Orwell Grand Valley)
8. Bob Kennedy 1991 Indiana (Westerville North)
9. Mark Dailey 1993 New York AC (Lakewood St. Edward)
10. Rob Myers 2003 Ohio State (Lancaster Fairfield Union)

11. Ian Connor 2003 Nike (Galion Northmor)
12. Chris Estwanick 2004 Nike Farm Team (Dublin Coffman)
13. Jeff See 2007 Unattached (Middletown)
14. Tony Jordanek 2010 Unattached (Lexington)
15. Mack Chaffee 2011 Ragged Mountain TC (Chagrin Falls)
16. Cory Leslie 2011 Ohio State (Sandusky Perkins)
17. Brannon Kidder 2013 Penn State (Lancaster)
18. Chris Fallon 2013 Ohio State (Copley)
19. Jake Edwards 2014 Columbus RC (Delaware Hayes)
20. Eric Finan 2014 Team Minnesota (New Richmond)

21. Colby Alexander 2014 Oregon (Strongsville)
22. Clayton Murphy 2016 Akron (Tri Village)
23. Sam Prakel 2016 Oregon (Versailles)
24. Kyle Mau 2018 Indiana. (Hudson)
25. Mick Stanovsek 2018 Oregon (ND Cathedral Latin)
26. Michael Hall 2018 Florida State (St. Xavier)
27. Willy Fink 2018 VT Elite (Maumee)

Of the 26 athletes on the list, 15 broke 4 min for the first time while still running for their college team (or in their redshirt year).
(Schul, Wottle, McAfee, Kennedy, Myers, See, Leslie, Kidder, Fallon, Alexander, Murphy, Prakel, Mau, Stanovsek, and Hall)

Of the 26 athletes on the list, 9 have gone on to qualify for the 1500 meter final in the USA Championship Meet at least once (getting thru the heats to the championship race).
(Wottle, McAfee, Ryan, Byers, Myers, See, Alexander, Murphy, Prakel)

Reggie McAfee was the first African-American to break 4 in United States history.

Why is Sam Bair missing from the above list? He didn't attend HS in Ohio. He was from Pa. He did, however, run sub 4 for Kent State in 1967.
 

Rohbino

Well-known member
Perhaps I should have started a different thread for this.

Arjun Jha of TWHS and now at Indiana doesn't belong in this thread yet but I have a feeling that he will earn his place here this upcoming spring. Jha has been running extremely well - both last fall during XC season and this indoor season. Hopefully he will continue his good form into the spring.

This past Saturday at a home meet for the Hooisers, Jha dropped a 4:00.84 to win the mile. Strong work!

 

Rohbino

Well-known member
Didn't CVCA's Ryan Adams run a 3:57 mile last week?
Adams' mile time is currently the #2 time on the NCAA D1 indoor qualifying list that can be found here.

It's crazy how many Northern Arizona runners are on the list. All of those times were at an NAU home meet. NAU is in Flagstaff, AZ and is at nearly 7000' elevation. I looked up the results and the "@" indicates that the times were converted. I am assuming that they were converted from altitude. The times on the qualifying list are 3:58.17, 3:58.69, and 3:59.21. These were converted from 4:07.15, 4:07.68, and 4:08.21. That seems like a big conversion factor. I haven't spent a lot of time at altitude running but I have biked, hiked, skied, and ridden motocross and snowmobiles at altitude and I know it's taxing. Still, though, those conversions seem like a big allowance of time. I did not realize that the NCAA converts times at altitude for the qualifying lists. I was curious about a conversion factor and table and this is all that I could come up with. Does anyone know anything about the NCAA rules regarding qualifying marks from altitude and converting them?
 
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