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Halfway through Saturday’s Adidas Grand Prix Boys Dream Mile in New York, Loudoun Valley junior Andrew Hunter figured a four-minute pace was out of the question. The field wasn’t moving fast enough to approach the elusive time.
That didn’t mean the runners wouldn’t try over the final two laps.
Hunter was one of three runners who broke away from the front pack late and in a flurry. He placed second in a personal-best 4 minutes 2.36 seconds. Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc, Mich., who will run for Stanford this fall, won in 4:01.73.
“I thought it would go in the low fours,” Hunter said. “I didn’t think it would go under four. To close [the last half-mile] in 1:56 would have been tough.”
With an estimated 200 meters to go and with Fisher getting some separation from the front pack, Hunter tripped on the rail and fell back to third place. It cost him for about 50 meters before his kick on the final turn. Hunter did his best to catch Fisher but came up just short.
“I hammered the last 100,” Hunter said. “If I hadn’t tripped then maybe I could have been with him at the end.”
This marked the second time this year Hunter competed against Fisher. The first was at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, which Fisher won. Hunter, who won the mile at Penn Relays in 4:07.15, placed fourth in that race.
Though Hunter is a couple of seconds off breaking the four-minute mark, he’ll have to wait until next track season to attempt the feat. He has two races remaining this outdoor season and those are in the 1,500- and 3,200-meter distances.
Hunter said a lot will need to happen to go under four minutes in a mile — the pace will need to be fast throughout and competitors will need to be there at the end to push one another. While Hunter acknowledged winning comes first, breaking four minutes is something he would like to achieve before his high school career is over.
“That’s the goal of any high-school runner — to go under four minutes,” Hunter said.
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