Fourth place has never felt better for Trevor Dunbar.
Dunbar, the only Alaskan to break the four-minute mark in the mile, returned home this week determined to make more history.
Intent on seeing track’s most hallowed barrier broken on Alaska soil, he recruited some fast friends to come along and help.
On Wednesday night at West High, in front of a roaring crowd and despite difficult conditions, two men in the field of seven elite runners recorded sub-4:00-minute miles and a third man missed the magic milestone by two one-hundredths of a second.
Dunbar wasn’t one of them. He was fourth in 4:02.21, well off his personal best. But he provided a big assist to the guys who finished ahead of him — winner Kyle Merber of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York (3:59.36), Ben Blankenship of Eugene, Oregon (3:59.67) and Colby Alexander of Tarrytown, New York (4:00.01).