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February 13, 2008

Given to Fly: Former ISU runner Jordan Fife kicks his way into record books with sub-4-minute mile

TERRE HAUTE — Before the prodigious achievement Saturday, Jordan Fife had been knocking on the door of a 4-minute mile for a few weeks.

However, the casual observer wouldn’t have known it from watching the first half of Saturday’s race at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.

Go to and click on Meyo Invite on Flotrack to watch Fife pass the entire field minus one runner to break the 4-minute mark with a time of 3:59.74. If Fife started his kick a split second sooner, he would have been the first of three men to break four minutes.

The former Indiana State All-American settled at the back of the pack on the 320-meter track — most indoor tracks are 200 meters.

Fife crept up to ninth place out of the 13 runners by the end of the third lap, but he still had quite a bit of ground to make up.

Fife has always been confident in his kick, whether he was racing the steeplechase in track or in the elements on a cross country course.

But the burst he has left and his long stride down the final stretch is amazing as he passes all but Wisconsin runner Jack Bolas in a photo finish.

“It went out pretty quick, knew it would be. The rabbit in the race is a guy that trains with me [with Team Indiana Elite],” Fife said. “A lot of the college guys just went right with him. I tried to feel out the pace. I was content to be in last for the first lap or two.

“I didn’t really want to get into too much traffic. Slowly started picking myself up. I just tried to get myself into the lead pack and started moving from there.”

The 320-meter track makes it a little easier than most indoor tracks, but still tougher than a 400-meter outdoor track.

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