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RE: Sad story from the 1988 Men's Olympic Trials 1500m
Uh..a 4:10.98 1600m in Pueblo, Colorado = about a 4:05-4:06, not a bad high school time. The fastest true mile ever run in the state of Colorado by anyone was Ted Castaneda at just under 4:05. There's been more world-class runners come through Colorado at one stage or another while training or living then anywhere in the US. If you've never raced at altitude then you have no idea how fast this is. Not to mention Martinez ran that at the state meet, his race was probably in the middle of the afternoon I am guessing. No rabbits, etc., just a kid running as hard as he could. Great performance, sad story.

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