Despite the metricization of USA track and field, the good-old American mile won’t go away.
At national and international levels, runners contest 1500 meters, an event often legitimized as the “metric mile.”
For American high school runners, the distance is measured off at 1600 meters. It’s not quite a mile and the United States is the only country in the world whose prep federations recognize the distance.
But once the official high school track campaign ends in America, most all post-season competition is as apple pie as it gets. Runners contest the mile.
Such was the case Friday in the Adidas Boost Boston Games with the boys and girls “High School Dream Mile.” The girls race included Arizona phenom Allie Schadler from Rio Rico High School.
Schadler didn’t win the race. She was fifth in the national elite event won by Lexy Hallady, a freshman from Meridian, Idaho. Hallady’s winning time was 4:41.8. Senior Brie Oakley of Colorado — the U.S. high school record holder in the 5,000 meters — took second in 4:41.95, and senior Lauren Gregory, also of Colorado, was third in 4:42.00.
Schadler, a 15-time Arizona state champion in cross country and track and field, was fifth with a lifetime personal record of 4:43.00, a time that marked a nearly 4-second improvement over her previous 2017 best recorded in March at the Chandler Rotary Invitational.
Schadler, the Arizona state record holder at 3200 meters and indoors over 2 miles, now has the third-fastest performance over 1 mile in Arizona history.
Former Desert Vista star Dani Jones, now with the University of Colorado and among the favorites in the women’s 1500 at next weekend’s NCAA championships, has the two fastest mile times in Arizona history with respective clockings of 4:39.88 and 4:41.35 in 2015. Schadler’s 4:43.00 is the third-best ever in Arizona, and her 4:43.18 from 2015 is the fourth-best ever in the Grand Canyon State.
Jones, Schadler and Phoenix Alhambra legend Kathy Gibbons collectively own the 17 fastest mile times in Arizona history, with Jones owning eight of those top 17 times. Shadler has seven of the state’s fastest times ever.
Gibbons, a pre Title IX runner who never competed in an official high school track meet, has two of the 17 best clockings ever for the mile in Arizona. Gibbons is often credited with a 4:39.40 high school mile, but that is a conversion from 1500-meter time. She was the US National Indoor champion in the mile in 1970 while a junior in high school. She was also the 1971 US National Champion at 1500 meters, also during her junior year at Alhambra. Also while she was in high school, Gibbons set world records at 1,000 yards indoors, 10,000 meters outdoors and the half-marathon.
Schadler still has another opportunity to add to her Arizona high school prep legacy when she competes in the elite mile at the 2017 Brooks PR Invitational on June 17 in Seattle (Times recorded prior to the end of June count as official state records by most American Federation high schools).
Also in Boston Friday, Patrick Parker of American Fork, Utah, won the Boys High School Dream Mile in 4:03.9.
Earlier in the week at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis, Reed Brown (Carroll, Southlake, Texas) ran a 3:59.30 mile to become the 10th high school boy in American history to run a sub-4-minute mile.
Arizona all-time best times, girls high school mile
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2015, 4:39.88
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2015, 4:41.35
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2017, 4:43.00
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2015, 4:43.18
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2014, 4:43.40
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2015, 4:44.90i
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2015, 4:46.17
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2017, 4:46.98
Kathy Gibbons, Phx. Alhambra, 1971, 4:48.80
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2015, 4:49.37
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2015, 4:49.45
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2016, 4:49.50*
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2014, 4:50.41
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2014, 4:50.49
Danielle Jones, Desert Vista, 2014, 4:50.81
Kathy Gibbons, Phx. Alhambra, 1972, 4:51.20i
Allie Schadler, Rio Rico, 2016, 4:51.24
Kathy Gibbons is often credited with a 4:39.40 mile, which is a conversion from 1500 meter time
Kathy Gibbons was the US National Indoor champion in the mile in 1970. She was a junior in high school.
July 2016 between Allie Schadler junior and senior years
All time bests, U.S. boys high school mile
3:53.43, Alan Webb (South Lakes, Reston, Va), 2001
3:55.3, Jim Ryun (East, Wichita, Kansas), 1965
3:56.8, Jim Ryun, 1965
3:57.81i, Drew Hunter (Loudoun Valley, Purcellville, 2016
3:58.1, Jim Ryun, 1965
3:58.25i, Drew Hunter, 2016
3:58.3, Jim Ryun, 1965
3:58.86, Drew Hunter, 2016
3:59.0, Jim Ryun, 1964
3:59.30, Reed Brown (Carroll, Southlake, Texas), 2017
3:59.38, Matthew Maton (Summit, Bend, Oregon), 2015
3:59.38, Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc, Michigan), 2015
3:59.4, Tim Danielson (Chula Vista, California), 1966
3:59.53, Michael Slagowski (Rocky Mtn, Meridian, Idaho), 2016
3:59.71, Lukas Verzbicas' (Sandburg, Orland Park, Ill), 2011
3:59.78 Michael Slagowski, 2016
3:59.86i, Alan Webb, 2001
3:59.8, Marty Liquori (Essex , Newark, New Jersey), 1967
-- Source: Bring Back the Mile