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UT Freshman breaks school record with sub 4 minute mile

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UT freshman Sam Worley ran a 3:58:04 mile. That’s a new Texas school record. While the 4 minute mile is no longer the magical barrier it once was perceived to be when Roger Bannister first broke it (some physicians believed the human body was incapable of going that fast and the that the athlete would simply die on the spot) as evidenced by the fact that Worley’s Longhorn teammate Alex Rogers ran a 4 minute mile in the same race.

The current world record is an incredible 3:43, which makes me physically ill to even contemplate, but it’s remarkable to ponder that was once considered one of the great barriers in athletics can now be eclipsed by an 18 year old collegian.