Loudoun Valley’s Hunter Breaks Fastest Mile Record

Drew Hunter made history—again—Saturday when he shattered the national high school record for the indoor mile.

The Loudoun Valley High School senior finished the one-mile race at the Armory Track Invitational in 3 minutes 58.25 seconds, surpassing Alan Webb’s 2001 U.S. record by more than a second to become the second American high schooler to break the 4-minute barrier indoors.

The indoor record marks another historic feat for the Purcellville teen. In December, he won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships national finals. Last week, he eclipsed the high school record for the 3,000-meter run by nearly 5 seconds.

[Related Video: Meet Drew Hunter]

Hunter, who has committed to Oregon University, has his sights set on a few other big races, including the New York Road Runners Millrose Games on Feb. 20 in New York. Then, he can turn his attention to beating the outdoor mile record, a 3 minute-53:43-second-mile Webb ran that still stands as the fastest mile in U.S. history.

See related story, “Loudoun Runners Sweep National Cross Country Championships.”

4 thoughts on “Loudoun Valley’s Hunter Breaks Fastest Mile Record

  • 2016-02-08 at 3:40 pm

    A high schooler running a sub 4 minute mile! Wow! Keep it up.

  • 2016-02-08 at 6:10 pm

    That’s a ridiculous time. He has to run 100m in 15 seconds….. sixteen times in a row without rest. I doubt all but a few could keep up with him for a couple hundred yards. As Malcolm Gladwell wrote in New Yorker for the 2015 World Championships, there used to be an “All Star Challenge” on tv where the best sports stars competed against each other. Here are the times of some of the best athletes on that show in the 1/2 mile:

    1. (1998 winner): 2:02
    2. Herschel Walker (2nd in 1998): 2:15
    3. Ray Lewis: 2:2x
    4. Jason Seahorn (won his year): 2:45
    5. Alexi Lalas (soccer star): 2:56

    That was only for one half a mile and they couldn’t match the split of Hunter. Much harder to run 2x that distance.

    While runners may look like normal athletes, they are just as unique as the more muscular stars. I’m guessing Hunter’s resting pulse is not over 45/minute. You can’t “teach” heart rate. Bravo Hunter. Those are quite some feats.

  • 2016-02-09 at 10:02 am

    In 2020 we’ll be talking about his gold medal in the summer Olympics.

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