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Evolution of the Mile State Record

The progression of the state record in the boys mile from 1898 to the present. Note that Steve Elliot's 39-year reign as record-holder is the longest ever--the next longest stretch was from 1908 to 1925. And Fisher's 5.36-second reduction in the record is the biggest record-smashing since Martin Daane's 4:48.4--all of 113 years ago! (For you with 'what about Dathan?' questions, Ritzenhein's 4:05.9 was for 1600m, 9.35m short of a mile. It converted to 4:07.3, so intrinsically better than Steve Elliot, but records can't be converted. We convert the times on lists for comparison's sake, but our records list features a separate category for the 1600m.)

5:18.0             Perley Jones (Lansing)                                                              Ann Arbor/Michigan Interscholastic......................... /1898

5:04.2             Chester Barlow (Greenville)                                                      Ann Arbor/Michigan Interscholastic......................... /1899

4:55.0             Abbott Widdicomb (Grand Rapids Central)12                       Ann Arbor/Michigan Interscholastic......................... /1900

4:48.4             Martin Daane (Grand Rapids)                                                   Ann Arbor/Michigan Interscholastic......................... /1901

4:44.0             F. Chidsey (Detroit Central)                                                       ........................................................................................ /1903

4:43.0             Eddie Hanavan (Detroit Central)                                              Ann Arbor/Michigan Interscholastic......................... /1906

4:39.0             Cowley (Muskegon)                                                                    Chicago/Interscholastic........................................ pre 1908

4:38.4             Eddie Hanavan (Detroit University)                                         Chicago/Northwestern Interscholastic.............. pre 1908

4:33.2             Crowley (Muskegon)                                                                  Chicago/Interscholastic...................................... 6/12/1908

4:33.0             Roy Potter (Coldwater)                                                               A State........................................................................... /1925

4:32.2             Ray Swartz (Kalamazoo)                                                           A State........................................................................... /1928

4:28.8             Ray Swartz (Kalamazoo)                                                           Chicago/Interscholastic....................................... 6/ 2/1928

4:28.4             Gardner (Hastings)                                                                     Chicago/Interscholastic...................................... 6/17/1933

4:28.2             Ralph Brakcrog (Mt Morris)                                                        B State........................................................................... /1940

4:26.6             Britton Lux (Detroit Cooley)                                                       Detroit/Metropolitan League..................................... /1940

4:24.9             Al Williams (Detroit Northwestern)10                                      Detroit/Metropolitan League..................................... /1950

4:21.8             Rem Purdy (Grosse Pointe)                                                      A State........................................................................... /1958

4:17.7             Frank Carissimi (Detroit Denby)                                               Detroit/PSL Sectional................................................. /1960

4:17.4             Lou Scott (Detroit Eastern)11                                                    A State........................................................................... /1962

4:13.2             Lou Scott (Detroit Eastern)12                                                    Detroit/PSL Ch............................................................. /1963

4:11.3             Lou Scott (Detroit Eastern)12                                                    Winnipeg/International Festival........................ 6/28/1963

4:11.1             Kevin Reabe (Waterford Kettering)12                                     Oxford/Oxford Inv........................................................ /1970

4:09.4             Tom Duits (Hastings)12                                                             B Regional.................................................................... /1974

4:08.2             Steve Elliot (Pontiac Central)12                                               Flint/A State.......................................................... 5/31/1975

4:07.4             Steve Elliot (Pontiac Central)12                                               International Prep Invitational........................... 6/21/1975

4:02.02           Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc)11                                                   New York/adidas Dream Mile........................... 6/14/2014