* JoJo Jourdon shocked the crowd on Saturday, breaking four in the mile
Photo Credit: Raymond Tran/MileSplit
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The reigning Nike Cross Nationals champion is only getting started it seems.
On Saturday, JoJo Jourdon became the 21st high school athlete to break four minutes in the mile and the sixth ever to do it indoors, clocking a time of 3:59.87 at the New Balance Grand Prix international boys mile.
Paced by Jaxson Hoey through 1,000 meters in just about three minutes, the Olympus High School (UT) senior made the pass on the next backstretch and never looked back, leaning at the line to secure the barrier-breaking mark, which is now sixth-best in indoor history.
Drew Griffith, the Foot Locker Nationals champion from December, was second in 4:02.71, while Great Britain's Corey Campbell was third in 4:04.10.
The performance represents an incredible rise in form from just a year ago when Jourdon posted a PR of 4:18.20 for 1,600 meters.
While he later lowered that career best down to 4:06.67 for 1,600m and 4:08.30 for the full mile at Brooks PR -- where he finished sixth -- his moment on Saturday was still shocking to see.
That's eight seconds in a matter of six months.
But breakthroughs often don't have timelines. Jourdon's win at Nike Cross Nationals in December may have fast-tracked his improvement in a way few other performances could.
The Wake Forest signee won NXN in 15:16.50, using a legendary move at the 2K mark to move past the field and secure the victory.