When Henry Wynne ran for Staples, everyone knew he was destined for stardom. The question was not if he would break a 4-minute mile — but when.

The answer is: yesterday.

Henry Wynne, after yesterday's race.

Henry Wynne, after yesterday’s race.

Running for the University of Virginia at Boston University’s John Thomas Terrier Invitational, the 2013 Staples grad — and Connecticut high school state mile record holder — roared to a 3:58.74 finish.

Even more remarkable: He was tripped, and had to hurdle another racer en route to his mark.

On hand for the performance — the 2nd-fastest in UVa history — were Wynne’s father Craig, sister Grace (a Staples junior), former Staples runners Luis Cruz and Erica Hefnawy, and former Staples track coach Malcolm Watson.

One of the first people Henry called after the race? Longtime Staples track legend Laddie Lawrence.

Bonus fun fact: The very 1st Connecticut runner to run a sub-4-minute mile was another Staples grad: Steve Wheeler. He ran a 3:59.4 in 1974 for Duke University — an ACC rival of Virginia. 

7 responses to “3:58.74!


  2. Wow! Well done!

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  3. Peter Gambaccini

    Well, this is news that makes me smile.


  5. Congratulations! An amazing accomplishment. Thank you for offering your time a few years ago to visit the runners club at Coleytown Elementary to speak with the kids. They were truly inspired by you and it is great to have positive role models give back. Much success in the future!

  6. Congratulations Henry! The Stein family

  7. Way to go Henry! I’ve always said you remind me of Jim Ryan.