Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yes/No: Will Ryan Hall Break Four Minutes?

It is not every day that you get to watch a sub-2:05 marathoner sprint down Nicollet Mall. Ryan Hall may not be the only great runner who will compete in the USA 1 Mile Road Championship on Thursday but he is definitely the biggest attraction. Only twenty-four days after running the fastest marathon ever by an American, Hall will try to attempt an uncommon double --marathon/mile.

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Hall has never run sub-4 minutes for a mile. However he has spent most of his post-high school career running much longer distances. Hall did run 3:42 for 1500 meters in high school which is roughly equivalent to a 4:00 mile.

Perhaps you can see where we're going with this...

Yes/No: Will Ryan Hall run faster than 4:00:0 at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships?

Ryan Hall will certainly have competition at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile. Two-time defending champ David Torrence ran 3:59 two years ago and returns looking for a three-peat. A familiar name in Minnesota - Garrett Heath - will return to his home state to contest the mile as well. Heath has been one of the top milers in the country this year and ran 3:55 indoors.

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My answer: Yes

Last week's question was: Will the winner of the men's 1500 meters at the Meet of Saints run faster than the winner of the men's 1500 meters at the Meet of the UnSaintly? The correct answer was no. Hamline's Ian Campbell ran 3:54.82 for the fastest 1500 of the day. Sixteen contestants answered correctly this week. Rachel Karel continues to lead and now has eleven points.

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