In 1954, Roger Bannister cemented the mile's place in the imagination with the first sub-four-minute time. Today only one U.S. state—Massachusetts—holds a high school championship at that distance, but Grand Blanc (Mich.) High grad Grant Fisher (FACES, Oct. 20, 2014) isn't giving up on the race. On May 30 officials at his state meet set up a second finish line nine meters past the end of the 1,600 event so he could get in a practice run. A week later Fisher became the seventh U.S. high schooler to break four minutes (3:59.38), placing third at the Nike Festival of Miles in St. Louis. And last weekend he defended his boys' Dream Mile title at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York (4:01.73). Fisher, who will run at Stanford next year, says the mile holds a certain magic. "It's cool," he says. "Everyone in the U.S. knows what the mile means."
This is an article from the June 22, 2015 issue