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Old 07-12-17, 01:48 AM
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Mick stanovsek..take notice!!

The name Mick Stanovsek isn't a tip of the tongue name, even in Ohio, when it comes to budding mile stars. But keep an eye out for this guy. He could be the one to become the next Ohioan to break the 4:00 barrier.

Mick is a red-shirt frosh at Oregon. He ran 1:55.47 and 4:10.48 in HS at ND Cathedral Latin. He was 4th at 800 and 3rd at 1600 at State (D2) his senior year at NDCL (2015).

Never a State Champ, never a State Runner-Up in HS.

***But this year for Oregon he ran a 4:02 indoor mile.

***He earned NCAA ALL-AMERICAN honors, running on Oregon's 4th place indoor DMR.

***He ran on the Ducks Penn Relays Championship DMR.

***He ran on the Ducks Penn Relays Championship 4 X Mile Relay.

There aren't many guarantees in the life of a Track and Field athlete. But being an Oregon miler, running 4:02 as a frosh and training under Andy Powell, there is a distinct possibility that Mick will be a member of the sub 4 club. More likely sooner than later.
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Old 07-22-17, 05:34 PM
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The name Mick Stanovsek isn't a tip of the tongue name, even in Ohio, when it comes to budding mile stars. But keep an eye out for this guy. He could be the one to become the next Ohioan to break the 4:00 barrier.

Mick is a red-shirt frosh at Oregon. He ran 1:55.47 and 4:10.48 in HS at ND Cathedral Latin. He was 4th at 800 and 3rd at 1600 at State (D2) his senior year at NDCL (2015).

Never a State Champ, never a State Runner-Up in HS.

***But this year for Oregon he ran a 4:02 indoor mile.

***He earned NCAA ALL-AMERICAN honors, running on Oregon's 4th place indoor DMR.

***He ran on the Ducks Penn Relays Championship DMR.

***He ran on the Ducks Penn Relays Championship 4 X Mile Relay.

There aren't many guarantees in the life of a Track and Field athlete. But being an Oregon miler, running 4:02 as a frosh and training under Andy Powell, there is a distinct possibility that Mick will be a member of the sub 4 club. More likely sooner than later.
Thanks for pointing his progress out. Very interesting story.

I am interested in how he got to Oregon to begin with. As a high school athlete, his 4:10 in the 1600 came at the Midwest Meet of Champions meet, after he had already graduated. I wouldn't think any of his other times at any other distance would have made Oregon very interested in him. The fact that he has gotten down to 4:02 in an indoor mile now is incredible. I will keep watching his progress.
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Old 07-25-17, 11:23 PM
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LoveCrossCountry...Great story, huh?

Mick walked on at Oregon. His HS times were excellent but not good enough for money at Oregon.`Actually, he didn't even walk on. He ran club track as a frosh. Didn't run for the team. He got his 800 down to 1:50 and thus earned a spot on the Oregon team for the next year. That's what made it even more remarkable that the very next year he stepped right in and made All-American right away indoors for the Ducks and ran a 4:02 mile.`

This shows you Oregon gets a bad rap when they are touted as a school that owes all of their success to getting the best of the best HS athletes and they don't really have to develop them much.`That is totally false.`

Ohio has had 3 milers go there recently. Colby Alexander, Sam Prakel and now Mick.``Colby improved from 4:07 (1600) in HS to 3:36 for 1500 his senior year at UO which is a 3:53/3:54 mle equivalent. A huge 14 second improvement off of an already fast HS mile PR. Additionally, this improvement happened despite Colby being injured quite often during his time there.

Sam ran an incredible 3:46 1500 in HS but even so, he's now down to 3:36 with a year to go`at UO. His improvement is at 10 seconds and counting. And like Colby's significant drop in time, cutting ten seconds off a great HS PR is incredible improvement for Sam.

Mick is on an even faster track of improvement! Already 8 seconds down by end of redshirt freshmen year. And like Colby and Sam, that's 8 seconds off a really good HS PR.

Oregon miling is legendary. I remember around 2012 or so the Ducks had 10 or 12 guys on the roster who had either broke 4 for the mile or had run the 1500 equivalent of sub 4 (3:42). No program in the country can come close to Oregon when it comes to developing sub 4 milers year-in-year-out.
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Old 07-26-17, 04:41 AM
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LoveCrossCountry...Great story, huh?

Mick walked on at Oregon. His HS times were excellent but not good enough for money at Oregon.`Actually, he didn't even walk on. He ran club track as a frosh. Didn't run for the team. He got his 800 down to 1:50 and thus earned a spot on the Oregon team for the next year. That's what made it even more remarkable that the very next year he stepped right in and made All-American right away indoors for the Ducks and ran a 4:02 mile.`

This shows you Oregon gets a bad rap when they are touted as a school that owes all of their success to getting the best of the best HS athletes and they don't really have to develop them much.`That is totally false.`

Yeah, no one says that. No one ever says that. They get the best of the best and then develop them to be even better. It's not like he was a 4:30 1600m runner in High School. I have never heard the Oregon program or coaches criticized for not developing their athletes.
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LoveCrossCountry...Great story, huh?

Mick walked on at Oregon. His HS times were excellent but not good enough for money at Oregon.`Actually, he didn't even walk on. He ran club track as a frosh. Didn't run for the team. He got his 800 down to 1:50 and thus earned a spot on the Oregon team for the next year. That's what made it even more remarkable that the very next year he stepped right in and made All-American right away indoors for the Ducks and ran a 4:02 mile.`

This shows you Oregon gets a bad rap when they are touted as a school that owes all of their success to getting the best of the best HS athletes and they don't really have to develop them much.`That is totally false.`

Ohio has had 3 milers go there recently. Colby Alexander, Sam Prakel and now Mick.``Colby improved from 4:07 (1600) in HS to 3:36 for 1500 his senior year at UO which is a 3:53/3:54 mle equivalent. A huge 14 second improvement off of an already fast HS mile PR. Additionally, this improvement happened despite Colby being injured quite often during his time there.

Sam ran an incredible 3:46 1500 in HS but even so, he's now down to 3:36 with a year to go`at UO. His improvement is at 10 seconds and counting. And like Colby's significant drop in time, cutting ten seconds off a great HS PR is incredible improvement for Sam.

Mick is on an even faster track of improvement! Already 8 seconds down by end of redshirt freshmen year. And like Colby and Sam, that's 8 seconds off a really good HS PR.

Oregon miling is legendary. I remember around 2012 or so the Ducks had 10 or 12 guys on the roster who had either broke 4 for the mile or had run the 1500 equivalent of sub 4 (3:42). No program in the country can come close to Oregon when it comes to developing sub 4 milers year-in-year-out.
Thanks for the additional information. Definitely a great story.

His improvement is even better than 8 seconds, because his 4:10 in high school was for 1600, and the 4:02 was for a mile (indoors at that).
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Old 07-26-17, 04:00 PM
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Yeah, no one says that. No one ever says that. They get the best of the best and then develop them to be even better. It's not like he was a 4:30 1600m runner in High School. I have never heard the Oregon program or coaches criticized for not developing their athletes.
Yes, psycho dad, I agree that they do get some of the best HS runners and they absolutely make them better. That was the point I wanted to make. But, unfortunately, there are those out there who ignorantly make the statement that Oregon's success lies in successful recruiting and not as much in the coaching. I have heard it and I have read it. So yes, people do say it. But I believe, as it sounds like you do, that the coaches at UO are very capable at getting these already very successful athletes now under their charge, to improve. When you are already at 4:10 or even significantly under 4:10 in HS, achieving huge drops in time can be a daunting task. But not so much for Oregon's coaches and milers, it seems.
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