Macklin Chaffee ’09 when at Williams.

The Williams College Sports site reports that Macklin Chaffee ’09 is the first-ever NESAC runner to hit sub-four. He turned in a 3:58:8 on February 12th at the Valentine Invitational sponsored by Boston University to finish 5th. The winning time was 3:57:11 by Eric Van Ingen of Binghamton with five of the eight in the heat coming in under 4.

Mitch Baker ’04, assistant track & field coach for Williams, has been his coach and advisor for the past four years. Baker says “I wanted to make sure that the people of Williams got news of this milestone in Williams athletic history”.

The marker was first broken in 1954 by Roger Bannister in 3:59.4. Since that date, the time has been lowered by almost 17 seconds and hovers at 3:43. Macklins’ time of 3:58.8 would have beaten Bannister 47 years ago!

Congratulations to Macklin Chaffee!

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