Historic run caps busy week

Harrison sets sub four-minute mile two days after graduation


Rheinhardt Harrison accomplished a rare feat by running a mile in less than four minutes after graduating from Nease High School just days before.

With his run during a high school track meet at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs June 3, and what makes the feat so amazing is that Harrison’s time of 3:59.33 made him only the 16th high school athlete to run the mile faster than four minutes and the first to do so in Florida.

He wound up winning the race by more than a 10-second margin, which put a cap on an already memorable week for Harrison and his family, as the race took place just two days after his high school graduation ceremony.

Although Harrison had already graduated high school, he is still classified  under his high school status until Aug. 31.

Nine of the 16 sub four-minute times ran took place in June, which would be after the high school year ends in many states.

The record is just the latest achievement in what has been an award-winning high school career for Harrison.

Harrison is a multi-time state champion, including being fresh off winning the state title in the 800 meters in May.

His high school career also includes being named the 2021-2022 Gatorade Player of the Year in boys cross country, which is a national honor.

He is an Oregon commit, where he will soon join the school’s program, which is considered one of the best college track and field programs in the country.


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