Leon joins Montana State elite with sub-four-minute mile

February 7, 2017 GMT

BOZEMAN — Montana State’s Diego Leon joined an exclusive club when he ran an altitude-adjusted sub-four-minute mile during the Bozeman Running Company Dual Meet Invitational on Saturday.

Leon, a junior, crossed the line in 4:07.52, which converted with altitude and track size to a mark of 3:59.13. The time is the 11th-fastest in Division I this indoor track and field season, and ranks No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference.

“It was a pretty historic moment. It was really exciting to watch that unfold,” MSU coach Dale Kennedy said.

Leon became just the third Bobcat to ever eclipse the four-minute mark, joining two former MSU All-Americans to crack the barrier. Cristian Soratos was the last to achieve the feat and finished his career with a personal-best time of 3:55.27 in 2015.

Laurel’s Patrick Casey was the first MSU runner to eclipse four minutes as a junior in 2010. Casey still holds the school record with a time of 3:54.49 set in 2011.