This Day in History: Alan Webb Breaks Jim Ryun’s High School Mile Record


At the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on May 27, 2001, Alan Webb broke Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school mile record by running 3:53.43 in front of 11,211 spectators at Hayward Field.

Hicham El Guerrouj, the world record-holder in the 1,500 meters and mile, won the race with a time of 3:49.92. El Guerrouj’s time remains the fastest mile ever run in the United States.

Ryun registered a 3:55.3 back in 1965. Bring Back the Mile tweeted about the moment today:

Webb went on to run the American record (AR) in the mile in 2007, clocking a time of 3:46.91. The national record still stands today. Here’s a list of Webb’s personal records:

  • 800 meters — 1:43.84 (2007)
  • 1,500 meters — 3:30.54 (2007)
  • Mile — 3:46.91 (2007 – AR)
  • 3,000 meters — 7:39.28 (2005)
  • 5,000 meters — 13:10.86 (2005)
  • 10,000 meters — 27:34.72 (2006)

Source for records: USATF

Check out Webb’s historic high school mile in the video below.

Also, Webb’s 3:46.91 mile:

Webb currently trains for the triathlon.

  1 comment for “This Day in History: Alan Webb Breaks Jim Ryun’s High School Mile Record

  1. June 3, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Thanks. Good history and recognition of a very talented runner. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

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