Rapid City's Simeon Birnbaum becomes 17th U.S. prep runner to break 4-minute mile barrier
Birnbaum, who set the state record for the mile earlier in 2022, will be a senior in the fall at Rapid City Stevens
SEATTLE — Rapid City Stevens rising senior runner Simeon Birnbaum continued his incredible 2022 season by breaking the 4-minute mile barrier on Wednesday, June 15 at a national meet in Seattle.
Birnbaum won the one-mile run in 3 minutes and 59.51 seconds at the Brooks PR Invitational. He becomes the 17th American runner to break the 4-minute mile mark while in high school since 1964.
Runnin' Raider Simeon Birnbaum trains with a purpose and is intentional with all facets of being a student athlete and competitor.— Stevens Raiders (@rcstevensraider) June 16, 2022
1600 m run winner in Seattle at Brooks PR meet and runs a "sub 4"
Birnbaum set the South Dakota one-mile record for a high schooler during an April meet in California, where he ran 4:07.88, breaking a 40-year record in the process. He had the best time of any South Dakota high school runner at the state meet on May 28 in Sioux Falls, winning in 4:15.85.
He is the third South Dakotan to break the 4-minute mile mark , joining Madison's Jeff Schemmel and Watertown's Steve Heidenreich. Both accomplished the feat while running in college, with Schemmel at Kansas State and Heidenreich doing so at Indiana, both in the 1970s.
Of note, he's the fifth high school runner in the nation to run a sub-4-minute mile since the start of May and the second junior to do so this year.
💥WELCOME TO THE SUB-4 CLUB, Simeon Birnbaum 💥— CITIUS MAG (@CitiusMag) June 16, 2022
At the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, the Rapid City Stevens High School (SD) junior becomes the 17th U.S. high school boy to break four minutes for the mile.
That’s 5 boys to do it this year! He’s the second junior to do it! pic.twitter.com/ZhOXf0owFB