Saturday, January 16, 2010

Villanova's Sub-4:00 Milers

Starting with Ron Delany in 1956 through Michael Kerrigan in 2007, Villanova has produced 28 different sub-4:00 milers. Five of these number (Ron Delany, Dick Buerkle, Eamonn Coghlan, Sydney Maree, and Marcus O'Sullivan) set world records at the mile or its metric equivalent). If the sub-3:42.22 1500 meter men are counted as having achieved the metric "sub-4:00," then Villanova's list swells to 34 individuals, including 2009's Matt Gibney. Here the list, with the year and time of the individual's first sub-4:00, followed by his PR at that distance):

The Villanova Sub-Four Minute Milers

Ron Delany (1956: 3:59.0 -- 3:57.5) WRi
Dave Patrick (1967: 3:59.3 -- 3:56.8)
Marty Liquori (1967: 3:59.8 -- 3:52.2)
Pat Traynor (1968: 3:59.6)
Frank Murphy (1968: 3:58.6 -- 3:58.1)
Chris Mason (1970: 3:59.9)
John Hartnett (1973: 3:58.3 -- 3:54.7)
Dick Buerkle (1973: 3:58.0 -- 3:54.9) WRi
Eamonn Coghlan (1975: 3:56.2 -- 3:49.78) WRi
Sydney Maree (1976: 3:57.9 -- 3:48.83) WR 1500
Don Paige (1978: 3:58.10 -- 3:54.19)
Phil "Tiny" Kane (1978: 3:59.37 -- 3:55.77)
Amos Korir (1979: 3:59.3)
Mark Belger (1979: 3:58.4 -- 3:57.37)
Ross Donoghue (1979: 3:58.0 -- 3:55.26)
Marcus O'Sullivan (1983: 3:58:84 -- 3:50.94) WRi
Ken Lucks (1984: 3:58.96)
John Keyworth (1984: 3:59.43)
Gerry O'Reilly (1986: 3:54.63)
Sean O'Neill (1987: 3:58.42)
Ken Nason (1995: 3:58.91 -- 3:58.09)
Brad Sumner (1995: 3:59.11)
Stephen Howard (1997: 3:58.8)
Adrian Blincoe (2002: 3:58.19 -- 3:54.4)
Ryan Hayden (2002: 3:58.27)
Jason Jabaut (2006: 3:59.07 -- 3:57.26)
Bobby Curtis (2007: 3:57.20)
Mike Kerrigan (2007: 3:59:60)


Sub-3:42.22 for 1500 meters = metric equivalent of a sub-4:00 Mile

Ken Shappert (1976: 3:42.0)
Jan Friedli (1988: 3:42.08)
Dean Childs (1978: 3:42.1)
Louie Quintana (1993: 3:41.24)
Tom Parlapiano (2004: 3:41.51)
Matt Gibney (2009: 3:40.58)

Below is the video of Terrence Byrnes and Adrian Blincoe rabbiting Bobby Curtis and Michael Kerrigan to their first sub-4:00 miles at Swarthmore College in 2007.


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