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High School Athletes Chase Sub-4-Minute Mile

June 24, 2009

By Tom Goldman, National Public Radio

In sport, no matter how much athletes evolve, there are achievements that remain elusive — if not unattainable. Examples include Joe DiMaggio getting a hit in 56 consecutive baseball games, or basketball star Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points.

In track and field, only four American high school athletes have run the Mile in less than four minutes. That group includes Jim Ryun, who was the first to do it 45 years ago.

Despite the difficulty, high school runners keep chasing the sub-four-minute time. It's an annual quest where anticipating the accomplishment fuels both runners and spectators.

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