This shot is from 2012 at the Washington State Meet where Izaic is leading the 1600m, Nathan Weitz is trailing Photo by Leo Collins
Last weekend Izaic Yorks represented the University of Washington in regal fashion by zipping through the mile in 3:59.04. It was a busy weekend in America with both the USATF Cross Country championship and the Millrose Games, so the running focus was spread in numerous directions but the performance of Izaic should not be overlooked. The race was part of the Husky Classic, which always showcases fine running talent. The Mile featured a quality field and was won by Mac Fleet of the University of Oregon in 3:58.25. Yorks was not far behind although he placed fourth.
Like most runners Izaic’s goal was not the specific time, although that is a perk, but to win. The thing that makes this all the more impressive is that he has not been truly healthy and on consideration Izaic stated, “that wasn't reflective of my training so there is more in me.” This is an historic accomplishment but it will only stoke his competitive fires to achieve even more. In truth this may only be just a glimmer of future promise and with Izaic ’s success, he has decided to run even more “aggressively”, so we look forward to see what the future brings.
Young Mister Yorks is an old friend, who we have watched improve over the years from the time he ran for Lakes High School. His prep career was highlighted by two State titles in the Washington 3A meet in 2012. Yorks won the 800 Meters in 1:50.56 but the more impressive effort was his thrilling victory over Nathan Weitz of Shadle Park. Izaic won with a time of 4:04.77, while Weitz was less than a second behind in an impressive 4:05.60.
Izaic joins a rather select group of runners, who have been able to go under the Four Minute Barrier in the Mile with Don Bowden being the first American in 1957. It is an impressive list and, although there are now a little over four hundred Americans, who have accomplished what is probably track and field’s premier goal, it should be noted that it proved elusive even for Washington state ’s great Olympians Gerry Lindgren and Don Kardong. Rick Riley, who ran for Washington State University was the first to add his name to the list by clocking3:59 in 1970. Since that time Greg Gibson, Eric Garner, Austin Abbott and James Cameron, who all represented the University of Washington, have added their names to the still very select list. Also on the list is another we have watched through the years, Shane Moskowitz, who runs for Oklahoma State. Congratulations on a glorious achievement, which we hope is just a precursor of things to come.
While on the subject of the Husky Classic it is worth noting that Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek won the 5K in 13:40. Taylor Farnsworth, yet another we have watched through the years, approached another notable barrier by clocking 14:04 for the 5K. It is early in the season, so Taylor’s goal seems within reach.