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Asheville’s Presson Runs a Magical Mile

June 04, 2013

North Carolina junior only third Tar Heel to run sub-4 minute Mile joining legends Tony Waldrop and Reggie McAfee

By Andrew Pearson, Citizen-Times

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Asheville High alum Isaac Presson has an honest assessment of last Saturday night.

It never should have happened.

Presson made some magic by breaking 4 minutes in the Mile for the first time at the Music City Distance Carnival track meet in Nashville, Tenn.

The University of North Carolina junior crossed the line with a personal-record time of 3 minutes, 58.67 seconds at the competition hosted by Vanderbilt.

Presson only made the trek to Tennessee with his father, Dean, because he failed to qualify for this week’s NCAA meet.

“First off, I didn’t even want to be there,” Presson said.

“It was a week after the (NCAA Eastern Region preliminary meet) and I didn’t qualify for nationals. I think my coaches expected me to call it a season. But I knew my training had been going well. I just wasn’t finding the right time to run my best races.”

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