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State Mile Guide: #1 Delaware

March 07, 2013

Date of Statehood: December 7, 1787
Capital: Dover
Motto: Liberty and Independence

Delaware is one of only a handful of states in which no athlete has broken the 4 minute Mile barrier on its soil. Vic Zwolak, born in Wilmington, DE, is one of the most accomplished Milers leading all Delawarean men with his 4:05.1 clocking in 1962. Delaware’s first Track & Field Olympian (1964), Zwolak was also a three-time NCAA champion at Villanova where he won the 1963 Cross Country title as well as the 1963 and 1964 3000m Steeplechase crowns. For women, two-time Olympian (1988 & 1996) and Wilmington native Vicki Huber holds the overall Mile record (4:28.31 indoors in 1988). Huber continues to hold the Mile records, indoor and outdoor, at Villanova.

At the high school level, Tatnall HS has dominated the middle distance lists. Haley Pierce's 4:45.72 Mile at the 2011 adidas Grand Prix in New York is the prep state record.

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Vic Zwolak winning the 1963 NCAA Cross Country title for Villanova


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Male: 4:05.1, Vic Zwolak, 1962
Female: 4:28.31i & 4:28.77, Vicki Huber, 1988
i = indoors

Mile: 4:13.82, Dominic Della Pelle, Salesianum HS, 2006
1600m: 4:11.93, Brian Sklodowski, Tatnall HS, 2006

Mile: 4:45.72, Haley Pierce, Tatnall HS, 2011
1600m: 4:41.19, Haley Pierce, Tatnall HS, 2011

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BBTM’s state-by-state Mile guide is being produced to share the rich story of each state’s history with the Mile, a distance regardless of age, gender or fitness-level, that everyone understands. If you consider yourself a Delawarean T&F sage and would like to help us fill out our guide, leave comments below or email We welcome your support and feedback!


Tags: vicki huber (2) , vic zwolak (2) , tatnall hs (1) , state guide (13) , haley pierce (1) , delaware (2)

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