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High schooler runs sub-4 minute mile, breaking record that had stood since 1965

Gary Martin accomplished the feat at the Pennsylvania Catholic League Championship

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Gary Martin accomplished the feat at the Pennsylvania Catholic League Championship

Highlights

  • Gary Martin, a senior at Archbishop Wood High School Warminster, Penn., broke a record that had been set by Jim Ryun in 1965.
  • Ryun became the first high schooler to run a mile in under four minutes in 1964, then broke his own record five times before graduating.
  • Martin is now the 14th American high school athlete to break four minutes, and his time now ranks third all-time in outdoor runs.
  • Martin plans to attend the University of Virginia upon graduation and hopes to become an Olympic athlete.
  • After his record run, Ryun went on to compete in three Olympic finals, winning silver in 1500m during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.