State Mile Guide: #5 Connecticut
Date of Statehood: January 9, 1788
Motto: Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted sustains)
The most profilic Nutmegger Miler in state history Jan Merrill set a U.S. Mile record in 1977, was a USA indoor Mile champion and a 1976 Olympian at 1500 meters. On the men's side, seven athletes from Connecticut have broken the magical 4 minute mark with Henry Wynne's 3:51.26 (#7 U.S. all-time indoors) in March 2019 topping the list.
1976 Olympian Jan Merrill set the U.S. Mile record of 4:30.98 in 1977.
Male: 3:58.46i, Andrew Bumbalough (USA / DC), 2008
Female: Email us
i = indoor
Male: 3:51.26i Henry Wynne, 2019
Female: 4:28.23, Jan Merrill, 1979
i = indoor
Mile: 4:05.04, Henry Wynne, Staples HS, 2013
1600m: 4:07.26, Kevin King, Westhill, Stamford HS, 1980
Mile: 4:45.08i, Ceci Hopp, Greenwich HS, 1981
1600m: 4:42.60, Ceci Hopp, Greenwich HS, 1981
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 Nutmegger T&F sage and would like to help us fill out our guide, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your support and feedback!
- General State Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut
- Jan Merrill: http://bringbackthemile.com/athletes/detail/jan_merrill