Wow, that's a shock. I remember Bob at San Marino High when he ran about 4:16. I'm not sure if he still has the UCLA mile record. Very sad news and he was so young. I'll always think of him as young even though he was born before me.
gh wrote:former UCLA mile great, this morning in SoCal. Am I correct in recalling he had some obscure record like being the first guy ever to run a sub-4:00 where each lap was faster than the one before?
One obscure record he certainly holds is being the youngest sub-4 miler ever for the shortest time.
Bob first broke four minutes at the age of 19. He ran under four June 5, 1964 (and wouldn't turn 20 until October of 1964). Jim Ryun first broke four minutes in the same race, but he was one-tenth of a second in back of Bob. Ryun was 17 at the time.
GH- I believe Bob Day was the first athlete to run exactly a 4:00 minute mile. He did it in the 1966 Oregon -UCLA dual meet. Jim Grelle took the license plater off of his car and gave it to Day. The license plate was DAY 400. The 1966 UCLA team was extraordinarily talented .
slowcat wrote:GH- I believe Bob Day was the first athlete to run exactly a 4:00 minute mile. He did it in the 1966 Oregon -UCLA dual meet. Jim Grelle took the license plater off of his car and gave it to Day. The license plate was DAY 400. The 1966 UCLA team was extraordinarily talented .
As every t&f trivia nut knows, Derek Ibbotson was the first run four flat; perhaps Day was the first American to do it..?
(Note: Were UCLA to apply T&FN's standard for collegiate records, it appears that Day would still hold the school record and Rankin's mark would be separately noted as a "Mark Made Outside Regular Collegiate Season")
[quote="wamego relays champ"According to UCLA, Day's school record was eclipsed in 2005 by Jon Rankin.[/quote] The article said that Rankin was running for Nike. What happened to him? I haven't heard about him in the past 7 years. But then I may not have been paying attention.