Four-Minute Mile

Kyle Merber’s 3:58.52 in 2010 was the fastest first sub-four among Heps runners as a collegian since April 27, 1974, when Denis Fikes of Penn was faster at the Penn Relays! That’s Denis, now known as D. Elton Cochran-Fikes, pictured.

Here is the Ivy sub-four roster as I know it (and how many conferences can say that at least runner from each member school has done it?):

Denis Fikes (Penn), 3:55.0 [Philadelphia: April 27, 1974]
Karl Thornton (Penn^), 3:57.9 [Philadelphia: April 27, 1974]
Craig Masback (Princeton^), 3:59.6 [Oxford: June 17, 1978]
Adam Dixon (Harvard), 3:59.39 [Luxembourg: July 20, 1983]
Cliff Sheehan (Harvard), 3:59.2 [Philadelphia: April 27, 1985]
Greg Whiteley (Brown), 3:59.15 [Westwood: June 10, 1989]
Bill Burke (Princeton), 3:58.70 i [New York: Feb. 1, 1991]
Bill Rathbun (Cornell^), 3:59.94 i [Boston: Feb. 16, 1991]
Ronnie Harris (Navy^), 3:58.03 [Eugene: June 5, 1993]
Bob Lesko (Yale^), 3:58.23 [Eugene: June 5, 1993]
Dan Browne (Army), 3:59.37 i [Annapolis: Feb. 1, 1997]
Darin Shearer (Harvard^), 3:59.76 [Falmouth: Aug. 16, 1997]
Scott Anderson (Princeton^), 3:59.80 [Brunswick: July 4, 1998]
Aaron Lanzel (Navy^), 3:59.88 [Eugene: June 19, 2004]
Ben True (Dartmouth), 3:59.99 [Cambridge: June 17, 2007]
Liam Boylan-Pett (Columbia^), 3:59.40 i [University Park: Jan. 31, 2009]
Kyle Merber (Columbia), 3:58.52 i [New York: March 5, 2010]
Peter Callahan (Princeton), 3:58.76 i [Seattle, Wash.: Feb. 10, 2012]
Joe Stilin (Princeton), 3:59.98 i [New York: March 2, 2012]
Donn Cabral (Princeton^), 3:59.1 [New York: Sept. 22, 2012]
Nick Wade (Cornell), 3:59.998 i [Geneva, Oh.: February 10, 2013]
Will Geoghegan (Dartmouth), 3:58.04 i [Boston: January 25, 2014]
Michael Williams (Princeton), 3:59.63 i [Boston, February 8, 2014]
Thomas Awad (Penn), 3:58.34 [Philadelphia: April 26, 2014]

^ Indicates that they managed their first sub-four after college. The ‘i’ following the time indicates that the debut sub-four was achieved indoors.