Let me start by saying Daschbach is a beast and total stud. It's rare to see a HSer with such a massive last lap.
That being said, I saw a comment in the thread about his sub-4 that I hadn't realized at the time. The runners started the mile in lanes (I believe the idea was because of Covid-19 they wanted to space them out). That's against the World Athletics rules of the sport.
I can't believe I didn't realize this at the time because I've always hated the way the mile starts, felt it was ineffecient and felt it should be run in lanes. But just because I want something doesn't mean it's legal.
I've always said the mile is the most inefficient start of any. A massive field lines up 9 meters behind a curve and then gun goes off. You waste so much energy at the start because a) there often is a fight for position and b) you often run so much extra ground on the first turn as many runners are way off the rail. Take a look at how much extra ground people are running at Pre in 2019:
In a 1500 meters, you at least have 100 meters to get in position before you have to start running extra distance on a turn. In the mile, you have 9 meters.
Now in a smaller high school race, you aren't going to run as much extra ground but there still would be some jostling and extra distance.
And one can certainly argue that perhaps the rules of World Athletics aren't what one refers to for a US HS race but the fact is none of the other sub-4 miles in US high school history started in lanes. Editor's note. Read below. Rojo was incorrect about this. Jim Ryun's sub-4 in a HS only meet was started in lanes.
Here is the WA rule :
World Athletics rules:
44.6 Conduct of the Races, as follows:
44.6.1 Races of up to, and including, 300m shall be run entirely in lanes.
44.6.2 Races over 300m, and less than 800m shall start and continue in lanes
until the breakline marked at the end of the second bend.
44.6.3 For the start of races of 800m, each athlete may be assigned a separate
lane, or up to two athletes may be assigned per lane, or a group start, as in
Rule 17.5.2 of the Technical Rules preferably commencing in lanes 1 and
4, may be used. In these cases, athletes may leave their lane, or those
running in the outer group may join the inner group, only after the breakline
marked at the end of the first bend, or if the race is run with two bends in
lanes, at the end of the second bend. A single curved start line may also
44.6.4 Races longer than 800m shall be run without lanes using an arced start
line or group starts. If a group start is used, the breakline shall be at the
end of either the first or second bend.
Book C – C2.1
If an athlete does not follow this Rule, they shall be disqualified.