Joe Davidson

Cooper Teare just misses 4-minute mile at Meet of Champions

Cooper Teare, a distance runner for St. Joseph High School of Alameda, runs the mile run at the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Teare came up short in his attempt to break the 4-minute mile time.
Cooper Teare, a distance runner for St. Joseph High School of Alameda, runs the mile run at the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Teare came up short in his attempt to break the 4-minute mile time. Special to The Bee

Cooper Teare has been on a historic tear in his quest for a unique track and field milestone.

The senior from St. Joseph High School in Alameda last week flirted with the magical 4-minute mile, just missing it.

Saturday night at American River College, the Oregon-bound Teare gave it another go in his quest to become just the fourth high school runner to break 4 minutes in prep-only competition and the second to do so in California. Teare won the 37th Sacramento Meet of Champions showcase race in 4 minutes, 1.29 seconds, obliterating a good field and shattering his meet record by just over six seconds from last season. He was fueled by a cheering crowd hoping for history just as much as he was.

Teare opened with a 57.4-second lap and was at 3:02 after three laps.

He said he simply didn’t have enough left to break the barrier.

“This would have been a great place to do it,” Teare said. “I had so much family and friends here to watch. At the same time, I can’t be that disappointed. It was hot, I ran a little uneven and still ran 4:01. With another big race and good competition, I think I can still get under 4 minutes.

Michael Vernau of Davis came in second with a lifetime best 4:09.85.

Teare went 4:00.16 at the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend in Torrance, his personal best by nearly six seconds and the fourth fastest ever in a prep-only race. Others have gone faster competing in showcase invitationals that feature college-aged runners.

The only California prep to break 4 minutes was Tim Danielson of Chula Vista in 1966.

For complete results of the Meet of Champions: sacramentomoc.com.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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