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From The Editor, E. Garry Hill: July 2014

THEY SAY YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST. No matter what it is. But then again, having always been a dedicated stats wonk, I’m shocked to say in an issue where we’re celebrating the sub-4:00 mile that I can’t remember what the first such race was I saw in person.

What I do remember is the only mile race that ever made me cry, which was when my best college friend, Washington State teammate Rick Riley, became the 32nd American ever to break 4:00, scoring a shocking 1970 Pac-8 win at UCLA (see p. 13 for picture). In looking back at results from the era, though, I was surprised to find that that same race was indeed my first.

Stats got trumped by friendship (Continues in PDF below).…

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