The Next Sub-Four?

The League has a number of runners who could join Columbia’s Kyle Merber as the next sub-four miler, particularly among the speedy bunch down at Princeton.

But now a new candidate has emerged and he has not even thrown on a school jersey yet. That’s because Adam Cotton, a British national who is heading off to Harvard next month, just competed in the Emsley Carr Mile at the Aviva London Grand Prix. He finished in 4:01.77, ahead of such runners as Russell Brown and Andrew Baddeley. After the race, the folks from The Runner’s Tribe caught up with Cotton, who admitted some disappointment. “I wanted to run sub-four,” he offered.

It was a tight race up front with Americans taking the top two spots, Leonel Manzano first in 3:51.24, just 0.14 seconds before Bernard Lagat.

Also from London, Harvard graduate Samyr Laine, leaping for Haiti, took sixth in the triple jump with a best effort of 16.62 meters (54-6 1/2). American Christian Taylor was the easy winner with a personal-best of 17.68 meters (58-0 1/4).

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