Webb's record is 3:51.71.
The fields is as follows
1 Ryan Martin Asics
2 Frezer Legesse Under Armour
3 Jeff See Furman Elite
4 Leo Manzano USA
5 Matthew Centrowitz Nike
6 Will Leer Nike
7 Craig Miller Unattached
8 Jordan McNamara OTC Elite
9 AJ Acosta USA
10 Duncan Phillips Nike
I definitely don't think the record will go down. for two reasons.
1) the wind
2) Does anyone remember how good Webb was when he ran that? It came in 2007 - his best year ever.
As Penn Relays can attest, it's often very windy in the midwest/East this time of year. The hourly weather forecast shows 48 degreers and a 16 mph wind. Unless that wind is coming directly from behind the stands, there is no chance.
Centro is obviously the big favorite but if it's really windy and slow, I don't think Manzano can be totally ruled out.
Webb's record came early in 2007. He was in 351 shape in April. By July he was in 143/346 shape, the American record holder in the mile and the winner in Paris. Unfortunately Worlds were at the end of August.
He ran 3:51 in a race where 2nd place was 4:03.
One Mile 28 April
1 Alan Webb USA 13 Jan 83 3:51.71
2 Blake Boldon USA 8 Oct 79 4:03.15 PB »
3 Hunter Spencer USA 21 Aug 80 4:05.45 SB «
4 Shane Stroup USA 6 Sep 84 4:06.98 PB »
5 Ryan Kleimenhagen USA 23 Mar 82 4:08.13
6 Eliud Njubi KEN 27 Jul 79 4:19.85
Moise Joseph DNR
Great memories!!! What a beast Webb was.
Take a look at the homepage the day after Webb ran 3:51:http://www.letsrun.com/2007/homepage0429.php