Endurance: Nick Wade

Sub-4-minute mile becomes quest for Wade

February, 11, 2013
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For Cornell University miler Nick Wade, the weekend was filled with a whirlwind of emotions, taking a turn for the dramatic on Saturday afternoon. That was when the 21-year-old engineering student timed 4:00.00 -- or, to be exact, 3:59.998 -- for the mile at the SPIRE Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.

"Roller coaster is definitely the theme of this weekend," Wade said in a text message to Race Results Weekly from the team bus. In order to fully detail Wade's story, one must start on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Wade's quest to become the next collegian to clock a sub-four mile began with the cancellation of the Boston University Valentine Invitational, which was set for the weekend. Due to an extremely large winter snowstorm that dropped more than two feet of snow on the city, the meet was canceled on Thursday, giving teams some chance to find alternate competitions.

The cancellation was of bitter disappointment for Wade, who hails from North Attleboro, Mass., just 30 miles from Boston University. In preparation for his sub-four minute attempt, Wade had posted a Facebook message on his wall asking for friends and family to come out and support his chance at joining the elite sub-four club.

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