Gary Wood, of Archbishop Wood high school in Philadelphia ran a mile in 3:57:98 in the Philadelphia Catholic League Outdoor Championship meet earlier this week. His time was the 6th fastest time ever by a high school student and he is only the 14th to accomplish the feat.
Virginia high schooler Alan Webb (2001) and Jim Ryun (1965) from Wichita, Kansas are the only two high school runners to have run faster outdoor times than Martin. Webb broke Ryun’s record from 1965 in 2001 by running a 3:53.4 at the Prefontaine Classic. Both Webb and Ryun were Olympians.
Gary Martin is a high school senior now and plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall. He believes that his next goal is to qualify for the Olympics. After his sub-4-minute mile, no one is doubting he can do it.