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  • Youngest American sub-4:00/27:50?

    I'm trying to find out if one of the athletes I help represent (Scott Bauhs) was the youngest American to run a sub-4:00 mile. (or the 1500m equivalent - ) and sub-27:50 for 10,000.

    In 2008, as a redshirt junior at Chico State, he ran 3:59.81 on April 12 and 27:48.06 on May 4. His birthdate is May 11, 1986, so he turned the trick just before he turned 22. Obviously, such a narrow statistical achievement is partially due to the "luck" of when one's birthday falls in relation to the track season.

    The only other collegian I can find who did it was Bill McChesney who ran 3:59.1 in 1980 and 27:47.25 in 1981 (summer after he redshirted). His birthdate was January 8, 1959.

    The other Americans I've found who've achieved both:
    Culpepper, Kennedy, Jorge Torres, Paul Cummings, Dan Browne, Fam, Pre, Webb.

    Others? I'm working off of the US all-time 10,000m list and the T&FN sub-4:00 compilation. I don't have an all-time US 1500 list that goes to 3:42.x.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Rupp
    Plasencia

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ed gee
      Rupp
      Plasencia
      Thanks. I haven't been too careful to find all the sub-4:00/27:50 athletes, obviously, and am looking mostly for the youngest, but that helps!

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      • #4
        Color me anal, but I figure for a proper apples-to-apples comparison, you should use round nubmers and go w/ sub-28:00 to go w/ sub-4:00

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        • #5
          Hey, I'm narrowing the criteria to make my guy look better!

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          • #6
            Be sure to wish him a happy birthday tomorrow.

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            • #7
              for what it's worth, would it be Ryun (3:59.0, 3:39.0) at 17, and Rupp (27:33)
              at 20?...

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              • #8
                Rupp's 1.500m PB on 2008-may-1 (age 21y 358d = Bauhs) was 3.44,39; his mile best was 4.01,8y. Bauhs (3.59,81y) appears to be ahead of Rupp when they were the exact same age.

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                • #9
                  I compared a pretty solid 1500 list (400+ sub 3:42.22 through 2008) to the 27:50 10k list & found only one more that hasn't been mentioned, though not a youngster.

                  Todd Williams, 1985 HS grad, 3:42.18 on 7/2/1995

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