A Quick Look At New York's Sub-4 Minute Milers

Last August, Eric Holt became the 43rd New Yorker to break the 4-Minute Mile.  (Watch Race) Winning the 1600m his senior year of High School at States, Holt went on to Binghamton University, then to race Post-Collegiately with Garden State Track Club.  Coming into the race, he held a Personal Best of 4:00.65, but powered past the field to win in the last 15m, running in typical Eric Holt fashion for those that remember his HS exploits.

Holt was the most recent addition to a list of who's-who in New York running history.  Byron Dyce was the first African-American to break the 4-minute Mile.  Matt Centrowitz would set the American Record at 5000m.  Lopez Lomong was Team USA's Flag Bearer at the 2008 Olympic Games.  The pair of Jesse Garn/Ryan Manahan would combine to make Marcellus HS one of the only schools to graduate more than one Sub-4 Miler.  Now, with Holt's inclusion joining Mike Stahr, Carmel can add their name to that list as well.

Check out the full list, in the order the mark was first achieved, below.


After careful research, we believe this list to be 95% complete.  If you note an athlete we left off, please reach out and let us know at kbrazeil@milesplit.com.

Name (Affinity)High SchoolFirst Time UnderLocationDayYear
Eric Holt (Garden State TC)Carmel3:58.88MonmouthAugust 12019
Aidan Tooker (Syracuse)Saratoga3:59.39iBostonJanuary 262019
Louis Serafini (Tracksmith Hare AC)Niskayuna3:59.33iBostonFebruary 252018
Mikey Brannigan (New York AC)Northport3:57.58RaleighAugust 052016
James Gowans (Cornell)Mexico3:58.24iNew YorkFebruary 122016
Ryan Manahan (Georgetown)Marcellus3:58.57iBostonFebruary 142015
Martin Hehir (Syracuse)Washingtonville3:59.81iUniversity ParkJanuary 312015
Steve Mangan (Boston AA)Honeoye Falls-Lima3:58.24iBostonFebruary 142015
Thomas Awad (Penn)Chaminade3:58.34PhiladelphiaApril 262014
Jesse Garn (Binghamton)Marcellus3:59.37iBostonMarch 022014
Chad Noelle (Oregon)Greene3:59.57iSeattleFebruary 092013
Alex Hatz (Wisconsin)Fayetteville-Manlius3:58.68iFayettevilleFebruary 112012
Kyle Heath (unattached)Victor3:59.83iNew YorkMarch 052010
Kyle Merber (Columbia)Half Hollow Hills East3:58.52iNew YorkMarch 052010
Erik van Ingen (Binghamton)Marathon3:59.58iUniversity ParkJanuary 302010
Lopez Lomong (Nike)Tully3:53.97EugeneJune 082008
Jason Jabaut (Nike Farm Team)Seton - 73:59.07BeavertonMay 042008
Josh McDougal (Liberty)Home-Schooled3:57.46LynchburgMarch 312007
Elliott Blount (Nike Farm Team)Freeport3:59.61iSeattleJanuary 142006
Anthony Famiglietti (adidas)Pathogue-Medford3:58.23NashvilleJune 042005
Jonathon Riley (Stanford)Skaneateles3:58.72iAmesFebruary 061999
Karl Paranya (Haverford)Sidney3:57.6HaverfordMay 141997
Tom Nohilly (Reebok East)Monsignor McClancy3:59.75PhiladelphiaApril 291995
Brad Sumner (NYAC)McQuaid Jesuit3:59.11PhiladelphiaApril 291995
Benny McIntosh (Asics)Auburn3:58.25EugeneJune 041994
John Trautmann (Georgetown)Monroe-Woodbury3:58.52iIndianapolisMarch 091991
Charles Marsala (Nike Indiana)New Dorp3:58.73iBostonFebruary 161991
Bill Rathbun (Boston AA)Nottingham3:59.94iBostonFebruary 161991
Marty Hemsley (adidas)Mt. St. Michael3:59.70EugeneMay 171986
Mike Stahr (New York Pioneers)Carmel3:58.79iAllstonJanuary 261986
Vince Draddy (Virginia)Iona Prep3:58.2iBostonFebruary 131982
John Gregorek (Georgetown)St. Anthony's3:57.10VillanovaMay 301981
Mike Wyatt (Philadelphia Pioneers)St. Joe's Buffalo3:58.0PhiladelphiaMay 181980
Mark Belger (Athletic Attic)Mepham3:58.4BerkeleyJune 091979
Ross Donoghue (St John's)Bishop Cunningham3:58.0PiscatawayJune 231979
Craig Masback (Oxbridge)White Plains3:59.6OxfordJune 171978
Don Paige (Villanova)Baldwinsville3:58.10WestwoodMay 071978
Matt Centrowitz (New York AC)Power3:59.2ModestoMay 241975
Denis Fikes (Penn)Rice HS3:55.0PhiladelphiaApril 271974
Karl Thornton (Penn)Binghamton3:57.9PhiladelphiaApril 271974
Dick Buerkle (New York AC)Aquinas3:58.0GainesvilleJune 041973
Charlie McMullen (Missouri)Spencerport3:59.7East LansingMay 261973
Byron Dyce (Team Jamaica)Erasmus Hall HS3:59.6PhiladelphiaMay 151971