Here Are All the High School Boys Who Have Run Sub-4 Minute Miles

Simeon Birnbaum ran 3:59.51 on June 15 to become the most recent addition to the historic list.

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  • Simeon Birnbaum of Rapid City Stevens High School in South Dakota ran 3:59.51 on June 15 at the Brooks PR Invitational.
  • Five high school boys have broken the 4:00 barrier this year: Birnbaum, Connor Burns of Missouri, Rheinhardt Harrison of Florida, Gary Martin of Pennsylvania, and Colin Sahlman of California.

    Jim Ryun of Wichita, Kansas became the first high school boy to run a sub-4:00 mile, breaking the barrier in 1964. For the next 51 years, only four additional high schoolers added their names to the prestigious shortlist. But since 2015—whether because of better coaches, improved shoe technology, or the rise of online training resources—the list has tripled. An entire one-quarter of the list cracked 4:00 in 2022.

    Colin Sahlman of Newbury Park High School in California ran 3:58.81 on February 5 to become the 13th boy. At the Prefontaine Classic on May 28, he lowered that personal best to 3:56.24.

    Next, Gary Martin of Archbishop Wood High School in Pennsylvania ran the fastest mile ever run in a high school-only race with his 3:57.98 at the Philadelphia Catholic League Championships on May 14. He squeezed an extra hundredth off of that best, running 3:57.89 at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis Missouri on June 2.

    In the same race at the Festival of Miles, Connor Burns of Southern Boone County High School in Ashland, Missouri ran 3:58.83. Burns became the first high school junior since Ryun to run under 4:00, and is now second all-time for juniors.

    Rheinhardt Harrison snapped the barrier on June 3 at the Golden South Series Meet #2 in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The senior from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida ran 3:59.33.

    At the Brooks PR Invitational on June 15, Simeon Birnbaum became the fifth boy under the barrier this year. The junior, hailing from Rapid City Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota, ran 3:59.51 to win the race.

    Multiple names on the high school sub-4:00 list went on to accomplish big things in their professional athletics careers. Ryun broke multiple world records and earned an Olympic medal. Alan Webb of Reston, Virginia owns the American mile record as well as the high school mile record. Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc Michigan recently broke American records in the outdoor 10,000-meters and indoor 5,000-meters. Will any of the recent sub-4:00 performers reach similar heights? Only time will tell.

    List of High School Sub-4:00 Miles

    Jim Ryun — 3:59.0; June 5, 1964

    Jim Ryun — 3:58.3; May 15, 1965

    Jim Ryun — 3:58.1; May 29, 1965

    Jim Ryun — 3:56.8; June 4, 1965

    Jim Ryun — 3:55.3; June 27, 1965

    Tim Danielson — 3:59.4;June 11, 1966

    Marty Liquori — 3:59.8; June 23, 1967

    Alan Webb — 3:59.86i; January 20, 2001

    Alan Webb — 3:53.43; May 27, 2001

    Lukas Verzbicas — 3:59.71; June 11, 2011

    Matthew Maton — 3:59.38; May 8, 2015

    Grant Fisher — 3:59.38; June 4, 2015

    Drew Hunter — 3:58.25i February 6, 2016

    Drew Hunter — 3:57.81i February 20, 2016

    Michael Slagowski — 3:59.53; April 29, 2016

    Michael Slagowski — 3:59.78; May 28, 2016

    Reed Brown — 3:59.30; June 1, 2017

    Leo Daschbach — 3:59.54; May 23, 2020

    Hobbs Kessler — 3:57.66i; February 7, 2021

    Colin Sahlman — 3:58.81i; February 5, 2022

    Gary Martin — 3:57.98; May 14, 2022

    Colin Sahlman — 3:56.24; May 28, 2022

    Gary Martin — 3:57.89; June 2, 2022

    Connor Burns — 3:58.83; June 2, 2022

    Rheinhardt Harrison — 3:59.33; June 3, 2022

    Simeon Birnbaum — 3:59.51; June 15, 2022

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