Yesterday, Jonathan Gault caught up with Drew Hunter's coach Tom "Tinman" Schwartz and they talked about Hunter's plans for the Bowerman mile and the rest of the year.
It's a must read:
Kudos to Schwartz for not being afraid to talk about the fact that yes indeed, they are eyeing Webb's historic 3:53.43, but the focus is on competing. Kudos for him to not be afraid to talk very specifically about the strategy Drew will use (follow Ben Blakenship)
The sport will never be popular if coaches of the sport's stars continue to operate in such a secretive manner that meet directors don't even have the starts lists out for one of the biggest meets of the year some 36 hours before it takes place.
Schwartz says that they tried to get the Pre Classic to put in a 2-mile as remember they don't view Hunter as a miler. That being said, Schwartz says Hunter is in the shape of his life and he feels 3:53.43 is a possibility.
"Try to get him at the 1200-meter mark by 2:57 and if thatâ€™s the case then I think he can dip under the record just barely. If he gets to the 1200-meter mark feeling even fresher than we expected, itâ€™s possible he could get well under the record," said Schwartz.