SEATTLE BYU junior Kyle Perry ran a sub four-minute mile Saturday evening at the University of Washington Invitational track and field meet, making him the fastest collegian in the nation so far this season.
Perry, a former five-time state prep champion from Alta High, recorded a time of 3:59.16 to place second overall and first among collegiate competitors. Perry is believed to be the sixth native Utahn to break four minutes in the mile, along with Joel Atwater, Bryan Lindsay, Nate Robison, Wade Bell and Farley Gerber.
"I felt confident I would get it," said the 6-foot-4 Perry. "My goal since last October was to do it at this meet."
Perry was so confident he would break four minutes that he flew his wife from Salt Lake to Seattle, and his parents, in-laws and grandparents made the trip by car to see the race.
"Once I got in the race I felt pretty good," he said. "I just was worried about getting a win."