BOSTON – Senior Martin Martinez (Waukegan, Ill.) put together a standout performance on Saturday, becoming the first runner in Brown history to break the four-minute mile barrier on an indoor track, as the men's and women's track & field teams competed at the Boston University Valentine Invitational over the weekend.
In a mixed field of professional and collegiate runners, Martinez placed sixth overall at 3:59.38 in the mile, finishing third among college participants. He becomes the first Bear under 4:00 in the indoor mile and just the second in Brown history, after Greg Whiteley's 1989 outdoor run of 3:59.12. The four-minute mile barrier was first broken by Roger Bannister in 1954 and is repeated by only a handful of collegiate runners every season.
"The four-minute mile is a goal for every distance runner," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "It's the most well-known statistic in the sport of track and field. Martin ran a terrific race in a very strong field. He executed the race strategy perfectly and competed extremely hard. It's a well-deserved honor."
Zachary Lanigan (Sydney, Australia) was second overall and the top collegiate finisher in the 1,000 meters, crossing in a time of 2:22.81 for second all-time in program history.
Philip Batler (Newton, Mass.) secured the fourth-best 200-meter time in program history, finishing at 21.78, while Nik Zemis (New Philadelphia, Ohio) moved to eighth all-time in the 400 meters at 48.48.
For the women's team on Friday, Clare Peabody (Aptos, Calif.) was seventh in the 1,000 meters at 2:47.20, narrowly missing her own school record in her season debut.
Carleen Jeffers (Ridgewood, N.J.) took 16th in the 3,000 meters at 9:32.33 in her first race of the season, securing fourth all-time at Brown. In the field, Carly Paul (Fort Collins, Colo.) won the high jump with a cleared height of 5-8.75.
Brown will return to action next Saturday when the Bears host the Brown Invitational.