SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Until April 13, 2018, no runner had officially run a mile faster than four minutes in Santa Barbara County.
Now there are four!
Kyle Merber won an elite running race at Santa Barbara City College in a time of 3:57.74.
Eric Avila was second at 3:57.91, followed by Daniel Estrada 3:57.92 and Graham Crawford 3:59:92.
The running shoe company Hoka One One sponsored four elite races at La Playa Stadium.
Leo Manzano, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics in the 1,500, was part of the 13 field race but did not break four minutes as he just missed it with a time of 4:00.59.
In the women's elite race C'Aira Brown won but she did not break the 4:30 minute mile finishing in a time of 4:36.94.
UCSB's Jenna Hinkle came in fifth place with a time of 4:38.81.
In the master's division, Aeron Arlin Genet won in a time of 5:30.56.
Earlier in the day American Tyler Andrews set a new world record in the 50k race finishing the 31.05 miles in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 06 seconds.