Grant Fisher Repeats as New Balance National Mile Champ
Grand Blanc senior stumbles last 50 meters clocking a 4:03.54, showing a glimpse of potential sub-4 in future.
By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly
For roughly 1550 meters of the boys’ championship Mile at New Balance Indoor Nationals here today, Michigan’s Grant Fisher looked unstoppable. The 17-year-old from Michigan came in as the class of the field, and assumed his position well out in front of the pack from the gun. Shooting for a 4:00-clocking, Fisher looked to be on his way to a record-setting mark in the discipline. Then disaster struck, opening up the possibility for a monumental upset and major disappointment.
Through the quarter Mile in roughly 59 seconds and halfway in 1:59, Fisher was a man on a mission. Although he slowed slightly with 600 meters remaining, the high school senior refocused at the sound of the bell, beginning his kick with vengeance on the backstretch. No competitor was within 15 meters of the two-time Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year award winner.
For an instant it looked like the coveted 4-minute time (or even lower) was possible, as Fisher turned to a gear previously not seen at these championships. Pumping his arms and legs in perfect form, Fisher entered the final bend when the unthinkable happened.
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