NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Junior distance runner Isaac Presson ran his first sub-four minute mile in competition on Saturday, June 1st, at the Music City Distance Carnival in an elite invitational. His second-place time and now PR of 3:58.67 qualifies as a USA Track & Field Championships 'A' standard.
The Music City Distance Carnival is exclusive to distance races and is known for runners seeking personal records and qualifying standards. The window for 2013 USA Track & Field Championships qualifying standards ends June 16th with the championships taking place in Des Moines, Iowa, June 19-23.
Presson came close to the sub-four mark during the 2013 indoor season, racing 4:00.79 at the UW Husky Classic. He sought the coveted mark in the outdoor season at the Joe Hilton Invitational, running and winning the inaugural McAfee Mile in 4:02.22. The McAfee Mile was designated in honor of former Tar Heel Reggie McAfee who was the first African American to ever run a sub-four minute mile and did so on multiple occasions while at Carolina.
Tony Waldrop and McAfee are the only other Tar Heels to ever run sub-four miles. Waldrop ran 11 consecutive sub-four miles in 1974, resulting in an outdoor record of 3:53.2 that still stands as an NCAA record as the national organization no longer sanctions the mile at outdoor championships. McAfee is the No. 2 UNC miler with a record of 3:57.3 set in 1973.
Presson was the 2012 ACC Indoor mile champion and earned All-ACC honors in 2013 for his third-place indoor mile. He has also earned All-ACC honors for his second-place 1,500 at the 2013 ACC Outdoor Championships.