Brad at an earlier race. Photos from his M45 outdoor WR mile attempt will be up soon.
of Utah said he felt his wheels were like peglegs on the final straight Wednesday night at a USATF San Diego all-comers meet. He had come through the half in 2:08 and the 1320 in maybe 3:13 and was ready to burn the final quarter. But in a near-solo effort, he ran the first 100 of the last lap a little too fast and paid for it. The result was an incredible performance: 4:17.54 for the mile. At 48, the steeple specialist is likely historyâ€™s oldest sub-4:20 miler. But the cheers of the small infield crowd vanished as he crossed the line when the clock showed he had fallen short of Tony Youngâ€™s
listed M45 world record of 4:16.09. And an incredible performance became an incredible disappointment â€” in Bradâ€™s mind. He groaned as he heard the time, announced by sub-4 miler Paul Greer
, himself about to turn 50. Brad was paced by 29-year-old sub-4 man Darren Brown
(son of steeple great Barry Brown
), but it was all Brad on a supremely gutsy last lap at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, not far from the Olympic Training Center. Weâ€™ll have more details, photos and video soon. For now, join me in saluting an effort worthy of an Olympian.