Hunter Breaks Webb's Mile Record
By Ken Christensen
At the Armory Invitational, held February 6, in NYC I met a very nice young man along with equally nice parents.
Drew Hunter, who lives in northern Virginia and goes to Loudoun Valley HS, is a high school senior who's going to possibly major in business at the University of Oregon. But this kid also made some history here today! Hunter, who ran in the elite one-mile race, finished seventh behind Britain's Chris O'Hare, who won the race in a time of 3:54.59. BUT he broke Alan Webb's High School record and became the second High Schooler ever to run a mile under four minutes Indoors, running 3:58.25!
After Drew's victory lap before a screaming crowd, he told me how he wasn't feeling too good leading up to the race. "I've been coughing and felt sore the past few days. I barely slept two hours last night.
But he was also running on motivation. "Running with these elite guys and with the crowd screaming really loud really helped me...also the history and tradition of the Armory really helped as well."
Adding to that hope was Alan Webb himself, who was actually coached years ago by Hunter's father, Marc, and greatly encouraged him to break his record. "Knowing that Alan wanted me to break it made me more motivated."
What's Drew Hunter's future?
He's going to Oregon to run, just like Steve Prefontaine, Matt Centrowitz, Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp (first in the US Olympic Marathon Trials held February 13), and others before him. And while he doesn't know how much faster he can go, he did say,"Tonight I'll definitely sleep like a baby!"