Move over Jim Ryun
More native Kansan milers (four) have made the U.S. Olympic team than have run a sub-four mile indoors on Kansas soil.
Until this past weekend, the number of indoor sub-four minute miles run on Kansas soil stood at exactly one - Jim Ryun’s 3:58.8 on March 4, 1967 on the old dirt track that used to encircle the court inside KU’s Allen Fieldhouse. Ryun himself had forgotten about it until it was pointed out to him from a race results list.
But Saturday, on the new indoor track at Topeka’s Washburn University, former Scott Community High School and Fort Hays State University runner Brett Meyer eclipsed Ryun’s indoor Kansas soil mark by running 3:58.39 despite having to run from the front.
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