Sunday, May 6, 2012

58 Years Ago Today- Roger Bannister Goes Sub-4:00

I know we've been really track heavy (I'm sacrificing page views, people) but today is a special day in the history of sports, the anniversary of when an Oxford educated medical student by the name of Roger Bannister became the first person in history to run a sub-four minute mile. Although his record of 3:59.4, set at Oxford on May 6, 1954 lasted only a month, and Bannister retired at the end of the season, he was still to set the benchmark which remains one of the few true recognizable benchmarks of greatness. Unfortunately, the mile is no longer the standard distance as it once was, and that has hurt the sport of track immensely, but there is a movement to bring the mile back, and we should all hope that it succeeds. 

Back to Villanova track: at the Big East Meet today, Sam Ellison (800m), Samantha Francis (Triple Jump) and the women's 4x800 meter relay of Stephanie Schappert, Ariann Neutts, Nicky Akande and Emily Lipari won Big East titles to add to the 5000m title that sub-4:00 miler Sam McEntee ran last night. Five time national champion Sheila Reid and hurdler All-American Shericka Ward did not run at the meet.

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