High school senior Drew Hunter (Loudoun Valley High School, Va.) says he is aiming to run a mile under four minutes during the upcoming indoor season after winning this weekend’s Footlocker National High School Cross Country Championship, he tells Marc Bloom of Running Times.
Hunter says he will compete unattached at January’s Camel City Invitational elite mile in Raleigh, N.C. He has a personal best of 4:02.36 from his junior year outdoor season at last June’s Adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile. Hunter may target the 3:59.86 high school indoor record set by Alan Webb in 2001 before he went on to break the high school record in the following outdoor season.
Hunter may also consider racing at the New Balance Boston Indoor Grand Prix in February, according to Running Times.
Last year, Matthew Maton (Summit High School, Ore.) and Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc High School, Mich.) became the sixth and seventh high school students to break the four minute barrier respectively. Maton now runs for the Oregon Ducks, where Hunter committed to compete next year. Fisher was the top American-born freshman with a 17th-place finish for Stanford at last month’s NCAA cross-country national championships. Hunter defeated Fisher at the 2015 Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, when Hunter kicked to a 8:42.51 finish in the two-mile run.
- Christopher Chavez