See Becomes First Buckeye to Break 4-Minute Mark in Outdoor Mile
Redshirt sophomore sets Ohio State record Saturday at Nashville Music City Distance Classic
June 4, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jeff See, a sophomore distance runner on the Ohio State men's track and field team, became the first Buckeye to break the 4-minute mark in the mile Saturday at the Music City Distance Classic in Nashville, Tenn. The native of Middletown, Ohio, clocked a time of 3:58.70 to take runner-up in the event and top the 24-year old Ohio State standard previously held by Tom Byers, who timed 4:00.10 in 1974.
See, the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Mile champion and national qualifier, redshirted the 2007 outdoor season and ran unattached at the Music City meet. His time served as an automatic qualifier to the upcoming United States Track and Field Championships June 20-24 in Indianapolis.
Robert Gary, Ohio State head coach, envisions further success from See this summer.
"Jeff is running really well right now," Gary, a two-time U.S. Olympian, said. "He was a little banged up to make it for the collegiate season, so we set a goal for him to make finals at the USATF meet.This obviously meant he would need to break 4:00 for the first time. He is running strong right now and former Buckeye Rob Myers, who timed a 3:36.49 'A' standard a couple weekends ago, and him are great training partners. I am looking forward to watching them along with former Buckeye Brian Olinger (steeplechase) go after World Championship berths."
Myers holds the Ohio State indoor mile record at 3:58.64. He set that mark in the 2003 season en route to All-America honors.
Jeff See set the Ohio State mile record at the Music City Distance Classic.