Staff Picks, Notes & More For The Independence Day Showdown


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On the latest On the Line (above), Cory and Olivia broke down their thoughts for the Independence Day Showdown Sub-4 attempt at South Eugene High School and gave their thoughts on what it will take to break 4 minutes in the mile from this particular group. Race time for tomorrow's race will be approximately 8 p.m. PST. An official will be on hand to make sure the proper length is run.

Below, staff from MileSplit's national team, plus editors and contributors from California.

Staff Predictions:

staffsitepr. winner2nd place3rd placePr. time2nd3rd
Cory MullNationalMatt StrangioJohn LesterDerek Holdsworth4:01.014:01.564:03.10
Olivia EkponeNationalJohn LesterMatt StrangioAhmed Ibrahim4:02.204:03.504:10.2
Bryan DeibelNationalMatt StrangioJohn LesterAhmed Ibrahim4:01.894:02.10*4:05.10
Jeff ParentiCaliforniaMatt StrangioJohn LesterAhmed Ibrahim3:59.534:03.004:07.00
Felicia BandaNationalMatt StrangioJohn LesterDerek Holdsworth4:02.684:02.84:03.3
Kevin SelbyCaliforniaJohn LesterMatt StrangioAhmed Ibrahim4:01.994:03.224:09.85
Joe BattagliaManaging DirectorMatt StrangioJohn LesterAhmed Ibrahim4:00.874:03.114:08.40

The Sub-4 Mile Attempt Field: 


  • Jackson Mestler, University of Oregon, Eugene Sheldon (OR), Class of 2016
  • Luis Peralta, University of Oregon, Passaic (NJ), Class of 2019

State Mile Records: 

  • California -- Overall Mile: Tim Danielson, Chula Vista, 3:59.40, 1966
  • California -- Junior Record: Ryan Hall, Big Bear, 4:06.15
  • California -- Sophomore Record: Austin Tamagno, Brea Olinda, 4:06.67
  • National Record: Alan Webb, South Lakes (VA), 3:53.43
  • National Senior Class Record: Alan Webb, South Lakes (VA), 3:53.43
  • National Junior Class Record: Bernie Montoya, Cibola (AZ), 4:01.32
  • National Sophomore Class Record: Edward Cheserek, St. Benedict's Prep (NJ), 4:03.29
  • Oregon -- Overall Mile: Matthew Maton, Bend Summit, 3:59.38
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      • Matt Strangio ran a personal 1,600m best of 4:08.07 in May of 2019, winning his first state title at at that distance and his second overall outdoor title in California. He ran 4:03.57 in March during a time trial. 
      • John Lester paced the Quarantine Clasico in May through 1,000 meters before finishing the race in an overall personal best of 4:08.90. He's run two straight sub-1:49 performances in the 800m, his PR of 1:48.26 an official race in Arizona at the Desert Dream Last Hurrah Invitational. 
      • Ahmed Ibrahim is coming off an outdoor personal best in the 5K of 15:31.76 from June 23, a race he featured in alongside Nico Young. His outdoor mile best is 4:11.31 from 2019 and he has 1:55.79 800m speed. 
      • Isaiah Givens ran an overall PR of 4:16.52 on June 13 in Arizona at the Desert Dream Last Hurrah Invitational. His previous best 1,600m time as a freshman was 4:32.28.
      • Ajani Salcido ran 4:17.33 in May at the Quarantine Clasico and reportedly has been training well since then and has lowered that performance in a personal time trial. 
      • Derek Holdsworth, a graduate of Western Oregon University, ran 1:47.74 in the 800m over the indoor season and owns a personal best of 3:46.67 in the 1,500m.