Gary Martin Breaks Jim Ryun’s 57-Year-Old Record For Fastest Mile In A US High School Race

by Robert Johnson
May 14, 2022

Earlier today, Pennsylvania high schooler Gary Martin, a senior at Archbishop Wood High School, became a legend by breaking the four-minute mile barrier, running 3:57.98 at his conference meet.

Yes, sub-4 high school miles have become more common recently. While Martin is the 14th US high schooler to break four in the mile, the feat has been accomplished 9 times in the last 7 years.

The 14 US Sub-4 HS Milers

  1. 3:53.43 Alan Webb, 2001
  2. 3:55.3 Jim Ryun, 1965
  3. 3:57.66i Hobbs Kessler, 2021
  4. 3:57.81i Drew Hunter, 2016
  5. 3:57.98 Gary Martin, 2022
  6. 3:58:81i Colin Sahlman, 2022
  7. 3:59.30 Reed Brown, 2017
  8. 3:59.38 Matthew Maton, 2015
  9. 3:59.38 Grant Fisher, 2015
  10. 3:59.4 Tim Danielson, 1966
  11. 3:59.53 Michael Slagowski, 2016
  12. 3:59.54 Leo Daschbach, 2020
  13. 3:59.71 Lukas Verzbicas, 2011
  14. 3:59.8 Marty Liquori, 1967

But Martin’s sub-4 today wasn’t your run-of-the-mill high school sub-4. Martin’s sub-4 came in a high school-only race and without the help of a rabbit. Only five times has a high school athlete broken 4 in a high school-only competition and only one other time before today had it happened without the help of a rabbit. And Martin’s time is the fastest of the five as he eclipsed the 3:58.3 that Jim Ryun ran at the 1965 Kansas State meet – 56 years and 364 days ago (May 15, 1965) – without the help of a rabbit and on a cinder track in 1965 spikes.

The 5 US High School Sub-4 Milers In HS-Only Competitions

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  1. Gary Martin 3:57.98 2022
  2. Jim Ryun 3:58.3 1965
  3. Lukas Verzbicas 3:59.71 2011*
  4. Michael Slagowski 3:59.53 2016*
  5. Leo Daschbach 3:59.54 2020*
    *Aided by a rabbit.

Martin, who is a UVA commit, had come close to breaking 4:00 twice earlier this year in high school-only races. On April 13th, he ran 4:00.95. Then at Penn Relays on April 19th, he ran 4:01.05.

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