This Day in Track & Field-June 1

1917–BYU’s Clint Larson bettered the existing World Record in the High Jump with a leap of 6-7  7/8(2.025?) in Provo, Utah. Since it was an exhibition event, the mark was never ratified.

1935–Yale senior Keith Brown set a World Record of 14-5  1/8 (4.39m) in the Pole Vault at the IC4A Championships at Harvard. Brown had tied for 1st at the 1933 and 1934 IC4A Championships.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Brown_(pole_vaulter)

WR Progressionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men%27s_pole_vault_world_record_progression

 

1954–Emil Zátopek set his 5th (and final) World Record for 10,000-meters, running 28:54.2 in Brussels.

WR Progressionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10,000_metres_world_record_progression

29:35.4    Viljo Heino  FIN  August 25,1944

29:28.2    Emil Zátopek CZE June 11, 1949

29:27.2        Heino  1949  September 1, 1949

29:21.2        Zátopek  October 22, 1949

29:02.6        Zátopek  August 4, 1950

29:01.6        Zátopek  November 1, 1953

28:54.2        Zátopek  June 1, 1954

28:42.8    Sándor Iharos HUN July 15, 1956

2023–HOKA Festival of Miles–St. Louis, MO, June 1

For the first time in history, 4 high school boys broke 4 minutes for the Mile in the same race. The winner in 3:57.53 was Simeon Birnbaum (Rapid City Stevens, SD), and he was followed by Rocky Hansen (Christ School,NC-3:58.23), Tinoda Matsatsa (St.Andrew’s, MD-3:58.70), and Jackson Heidesch (Dowling, IA-3:59.08). They moved into the 4-8-9-11 positions on the All-Time list (At the time–See below).

Pre-race talk of a possible challenge to Alan Webb’s national record of 3:53.43 was a little too optimistic, but pacer extrodinaire Erik Sowinski did his best to ensure a fast race, taking the field through the first half mile in 1:58.0, with Connor Burns (Southern Boone County, MO) right behind in 1:58.2. Burns, who ran 3:58.83 in the Open Mile here in 2022, would fade to 7th (4:03.25).

There are now 22 members of the prep sub-4 club, with 10 of those runners joining in the last 3 years!

Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4exvXtcqzU

https://festival-of-miles.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?do=info&event_id=6471

https://trackandfieldnews.com/4-high-schoolers-break-4-in-same-race/

Boys Sub-4 Club (From T&F News)

(i-indoor, *-Junior)

3:53.43   Alan Webb (South Lakes, Reston, VA)                 2001

3:55.3h   Jim Ryun (East, Wichita, KS)                              1965

3:56.24   Colin Sahlman (Newbury Park, CA)                      2022

3:57.53  Simeon Birnbaum (Stevens, Rapid City, SD)        2023

3:57.66i  Hobbs Kessler (Skyline, Ann Arbor, MI)                 2021

3:57.72   Drew Griffith  (Butler,PA)                                  2024

3:57.81i  Drew Hunter (Loudoun Valley, Purcellville, VA)       2016

3:57.89   Gary Martin (Wood, Warminster, PA)                   2022

3:58.23  Rocky Hansen (Christ, Arden, NC)                 2023

3:58.70  Tinoda Matsatsa (St.Andrew’s, Potomac, MD)     2023       

3:58.83   *Connor Burns (Southern Boone, Ashland, MO)      2022

3:59.08  Jackson Heidesch (Dowling, IA)                   2023

3:59.30   Reed Brown (Carroll, Southlake, TX)                    2017

3:59.33   Rheinhardt Harrison (Nease, FL)                         2022

3:59.38   Matthew Maton (Summit, Bend, Oregon)              2015

3:59.38   Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc, Michigan)                   2015

3:59.4h   Tim Danielson (Chula Vista, California)                 1966

3:59.53   Michael Slagowski (Rocky Mountain, Meridian, ID)   2016

3:59.54   Leo Daschbach (Highland, Gilbert, AZ)                 2020

3:59.71   *Lukas Verzbicas’ (Sandburg, Orland Park, IL)        2011

3:59.8h   Marty Liquori (Essex Catholic, Newark, NJ)            1967

3:59.87i  JoJo Jourdon (Olympus, Salt Lake City, Utah)        2024

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