In June 2014, I predicted Grant Fisher would run a sub-4 minute mile in high school. It turns out I was correct!
On Thursday, he became the 7th U.S. high-schooler to break 4 minutes in the mile. He ran the second half of the race in 1:57.9 to seal the deal. His final time was 3:59.38.
While many pros and top collegiate runners break 4 minutes these days, it is still quite unusual for high schoolers. Check out this list:
Jim Ryun (1964) ***
Tim Danielson (1966)
Marty Liquori (1967)
Alan Webb (2001)
Lukas Verzbicas (2011) ***
Matthew Maton (2015)
Grant Fisher (2015)
*** races only included high school competitors
Interestingly, three guys broke four minutes in the 60s within a four-year period, and three guys broke four minutes in the 10s within a five-year period – that makes Alan Webb the outlier. Ironically, he has also run the fastest high school mile ever (3:53.43).