Mellon races to the silver screen

Updated: December 11, 2008, 11:32 AM ET
By Christopher Parish |

BUFFALO, Minn. -- Each weekday, ESPN RISE brings you five vital stats from athletes across the country.

[+] EnlargeMellon
Carlos GonzalezZach Mellon and Forest Gump both like running long distances.

Zach Mellon exploded onto the scene last year as one of the nation's top half-milers, breaking the Minnesota state record and finishing second at the USATF Junior National meet. And he just keeps getting better. After a strong cross country season, Mellon is at it again -- he's looking for a national record. It's not easy to catch Mellon, but we managed to keep pace long enough to find out his five favorite movies.

1. "Forrest Gump"
"It's just a great movie."

2. "The Cable Guy"
"It's with Jim Carrey, and he's hilarious."

3. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
"Another Jim Carrey movie, and it really makes you think."

4. "The Dark Knight"
"Batman is my favorite superhero, and they really did that movie well."

5. "The Matrix"
"It was a complete turning point in action movies."

Check out the ESPN RISE High Five archive.