We were fortunate to receive the following valuable article from Bill Quinlisk. It is a list of all the known runners from Western and Central New York who have achieved the extraordinary athletic achievement of besting 4 minutes flat in the One Mile Run on the track. The list is unique in that instead of listnig the runner's best time and ranking by time, it lists the time and date of the first time the runner achieved the 4-Minute standard and the table is ranked in that chronological order. --- BuffaloRunners.com   April 12, 2010

USATF Niagara Association Sub 4-Minute Milers

By Bill Quinlisk

On March 5, 2010, Kyle Heath (Victor HS, Syracuse Univ.), became only the 345th American runner to break four minutes in the one mile run. He also joined a select group of runners with ties to Central and Western NY who have broken the magic 4-minute barrier. Below is the list of the fourteen runners with ties to the USATF Niagara Association region who have broken four minutes in the one mile run:

Date Order

US Runner Order

Name

Affiliation

Time

Place

Location

Date

1

56

Charlie McMullen

Missouri

03:59.7

1

East Lansing

May 26, 1973

2

58

Dick Buerkle

New York AC

03:58.0

1

Gainesville

June 4, 1973

3

69

Karl Thornton

Penn

3:57.9*

4

Philadelphia

April 27, 1974

4

70

Bruce Fischer

UCTC

3:58.5*

3

Wichita

June 1, 1974

5

89

Don Paige

Villanova

03:58.1

2

Westwood

May 7, 1978

6

97

Ross Donoghue

St John's

03:58.0

4

Piscataway

June 23, 1979

7

104

Mike Wyatt

Philly Pioneers

3:58.0*

5

Philadelphia

May 18, 1980

8

177

Bill Rathbun

Boston AA

3:59.94i*

4

Boston

February 16, 1991

9

199

Benny McIntosh

Asics

3:58.25*

6

Eugene

June 4, 1994

10

207

Brad Sumner

NYAC

3:59.11*

2

Philadelphia

April 29, 1995

11

230

Jonathon Riley

Stanford

3:58.72i

2

Ames

February 6, 1999

12

312

Lopez Lomong

Nike

03:54.0

5

Eugene

June 8, 2008

13

331

Erik van Ingen

Binghamton

3:59.58i*

1

State College

January 30, 2010

14

345

Kyle Heath

unattached

3:59.89i*

4

New York City

March 4, 2010


Data Source of the Chronological list: Track & Field News, 2010

Explanation: This is not a list of each runner's best mile time with the exception of the starred (*) runners. This list indicates the first time that each runner broke 4 minutes in the mile. The number preceding the runner's name indicates the chronological order in which the runner entered the list of Americans who have gone under 4 minutes in the one mile run. Charlie McMullen was the 56th American to break 4 minutes in the mile. The parentheses after the runner's name indicate the runner's school or club affiliation for that race. The column after the runner's official time lists their place in the race and the city where the race was held. Times in the hundredths utilized Fully Automatic Timing (FAT). All others are hand times.

* = athlete never ran any faster in his career i = mark made indoors.

The USATF Niagara Association territory includes Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton, which represents the State of New York west of and including counties of Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, and Broome.

Runner's Link to USATF Niagara Association region:

1. Charlie McMullen - (1951-2003) Spencerport HS '69, Spencerport, NY, Univ. of Missouri '73. Lifetime resident, Special Education Teacher, competitive runner, Rochester, NY.

2. Dick Buerkle - (b. 1947) Aquinas HS '66, Rochester NY, Villanova Univ. '70. 1970's Resident, Spanish Teacher, Coach at Bishop Kearney HS in Rochester, NY.

3. Karl Thornton - Binghamton HS '68, Binghamton, NY, Univ. of Pennsylvania '72.

4. Bruce Fischer - HS unknown '70, Rhode Island, Syracuse Univ. '74.

5. Don Paige - Baldwinsville HS '75, Villanova Univ. '80.

6. Ross Donoghue - Bishop Cunningham HS '76, Oswego NY, St John's/Villanova Univ. '80.

7. Mike Wyatt - St. Joe's, Buffalo, NY, RIT/Penn State Univ. '78.

8. Bill Rathbun - Nottingham HS '86, Syracuse NY, Cornell Univ. '90, Albany Law '97. Syracuse Chargers Board of Directors 1992-2002.

9. Benny McIntosh - Auburn HS '85, Univ. of Kentucky '89.

10. Brad Sumner - McQuaid Jesuit HS '89 Rochester NY, Villanova Univ. '93.

11. Jonathon Riley - Skaneateles HS until 1996 his Jr. year, Skaneateles, NY , Moved to Brookline, MA for Sr. year in HS, Stanford Univ. '02.

12. Lopez Lomong - Tully HS '04, Tully, NY, Northern Arizona Univ. "Lost Boy of Sudan" came to US in 10th grade.

13. Erik Van Ingen - Marathon HS, '08, Marathon, NY, Binghamton Univ. '11, Binghamton, NY.

14. Kyle Heath - (b. 08/24/1986) Victor HS'04, Victor, NY, Syracuse Univ. '08. Current resident Syracuse, NY.


Others:

A. Chris Horton - McQuaid HS '73, Rochester, NY, Brandeis Univ. '77. 3:41.9 for 1500m, Eugene, OR, 1980.

B. Tom Tuori -Henninger HS '83, Syracuse NY, Univ. Rochester '87. 3:41.56 for 1500m, 1987 New England TAC Championships.

C. Chris Fox - Martinsville HS '77, Martinsville, WV, Auburn Univ. '83, XC/Track Coach Syracuse Univ., 2006-present. 126. Chris Fox (Athletics West) 3:59.0i* (2) Johnson City January 15, 1983.

For discussion purposes we used the following equivalent performances:
For 1500m: 3:42.22 = 3:59.99 for 1 Mile
For 1600m: 3:58.61 = 3:59.99 for 1 Mile