29 May '14, 7pm

60 years ago today, Diane Leather ran the first women's sub-5:00 mile. Her inspiring story:

The IAAF, the sport's international governing body, didn’t recognize the women’s mile as a world record event until 1967. The first official women’s mile record holder was Anne Rosemary Smith of the United Kingdom, who ran 4:37.0 in June 1967. The current record is 4:12.56, set by Russian Svetlana Masterkova in 1996. One reason the record has lasted so long is that “milers” more often run 1500 meters, which is 109 meters shorter than a mile and the distance contested in the Olympics and world championships. Leather’s record mile time is now a mark that many high school girls run. As of this writing, the fastest U.S. high school girl of the year is Alexa Efraimson, with a time of 4:32.15. The 10th fastest U.S. prep girl in 2014 is Taylor Werner, at 4:48.25. Last year, Mary Cain ran the fastest mile ever by a U.S. high school runner, 4:32.28, at an indoor meet. (Cain ran 4:2...

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