By CHIP CIRILLO
Brodey Hasty is close to breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile, but he hasn’t quite got there yet.
The Brentwood runner recorded a 4:03.26 at the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge in New York on Saturday.
The senior ran a personal-best 4:01.75 last year.
“You have to put in a lot of work to even get there, and then to try to do it is a different story,” Hasty said. “It’s exciting.”
It was the first time Hasty ran against professionals.
“It was a learning opportunity that helps me for next time,” Hasty said. “I’ll have a better idea of what I need to do.”
Breaking the four-minute barrier is extremely rare for a runner as young as Hasty.
“Only two high school runners in history have ever broken four minutes on an indoor track,” Brentwood Track Club coach Guy Avery said. “It’s certainly, for a 17-, 18-year-old, very difficult to do. The two guys who have done it both went on to be pros and were two of the greatest high school runners of all-time.”
Alan Webb and Drew Hunter are the only two runners who broke the four-minute barrier indoors as high-school runners.
Indoor is more difficult than outdoor because there are there are twice as many turns on a 200-meter indoor banked track and the turns are sharper. There is also a shorter training time after the transition from cross country.
Hasty will compete in the men’s invitational mile at the 111th Millrose Games in New York at the Armory this weekend.
Brentwood’s Scott Thompson and Beth Donnelly will run in the high school mile Saturday at the games.
The Millrose Games is the world’s longest running indoor track and field meet.
“It’s fantastic,” said Hasty, who ran in the Millrose high school mile last year
Hasty said he needs a quicker start at Millrose to get better positioning.
Hasty has committed to Oregon in track and cross country, picking the Ducks over Northern Arizona, Michigan and Stanford.
“I felt that it was just a good fit and it would help me further myself,” Hasty said. “It felt right, I liked the guys. The training felt very similar to what I’ve been used to.”
Oregon finished sixth at the NCAA cross country championship in November. The Ducks took ninth at the outdoor track and field championship in June.