Why Fastest U.S. College Mile Runner Won't Be Vying To Be NCAA Champ The University of Washington's Izaic Yorks ran a mile in 3:53, setting a new mark for an American collegian. But loyalty to his team means he won't be running the mile at this weekend's championship.

Why Fastest U.S. College Mile Runner Won't Be Vying To Be NCAA Champ

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Now we're going to tell you the story of two races. One's a historic race a week ago. Izaic Yorks of the University of Washington set a new mark for the fastest college mile by an American.


And the other is a race he is not going to run, the mile at this weekend's NCAA championship.

SHAPIRO: Let's start just over a week ago at the regional track meet at the University of Washington. Alex Lore (ph) and Cody Barton of the website FloTrack have the call.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: So we're dialed in here, and it looks hot up front if you ask me.

MCEVERS: More than a dozen runners have set off in a blazing pace in the mile. The pack is led by one of Yorks' teammates who hopes to set Yorks up for a fast finish.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: But keep an eye on the prize here. Again, you need to run about 3:50 - oh, man. It's so close.

SHAPIRO: As they head into the final lap, the pace is too much for most of the runners. Izaic Yorks and Stanford's lanky Sean McGorty pull away.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Oh, man, oh, man. They're getting fired up here. We got less than 400-meters to go. Yorks and McGorty - 3:10. Let's see what we got, boys.

MCEVERS: McGorty tries to pass, Yorks stays just ahead.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Three-forty-three into the home stretch. They got to go, got to go, guys, got to go. McGorty, Yorks elbow to elbow - they're on their toes. They're all out. We're at 3:52 right now. They're going to NCAA.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Oh, no way. Uh-oh, no way - 3:53.

SHAPIRO: Three minutes, 53 seconds - Yorks has won, fastest college mile ever by an American, and it qualifies him for the Olympic trials this summer.

MCEVERS: All right. So now here's the head-scratcher. Why is Yorks not running in the mile at this weekend's NCAA championships in Birmingham, Ala.? Well, he had to make a decision- run that mile alone or run with his team in the Distance Medley Relay or DMR.

SHAPIRO: Yorks and his coach, Greg Metcalfe, recall having to make that tough decision.

GREG METCALFE: You know, there comes a point when, you know, Izaic runs 3:53, and then we're having a conversation with our staff and with Izaic about what is the best thing to do.

IZAIC YORKS: Metcalfe pulls me aside, and he goes, well, what do you think about doing the mile? And I was just - no way. I want to do the DMR. That's what I told these guys what I would do, and I'm going to stick to that word.

METCALFE: And it's just, you know, I'm sitting in my office on Sunday making our declarations, and here I hit the scratch button next to Izaic's name, next to 3:53. I think, am I the biggest idiot of all time?

MCEVERS: Maybe, but in a sport that so often celebrates individual glory, Izaic Yorks is not only very, very fast. He's very loyal.

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