In his senior year at Bowdoin, Coby Horowitz ’14 broke a 17-year-old national D-III record with an indoor mile time of 4:00.41. Weeks later, Horowitz won the national title in the mile with a 4:08.40, finishing on one of the most impressive individual seasons in the history of Bowdoin Athletics.

“At Bowdoin, he was a real rare athlete who inspired a lot of his teammates to be better athletes and to train harder,” Head Coach Peter Slovenski said.

On Saturday, January 30, Horowitz broke the four-minute milestone, posting a time of 3:59.55 to bring the crowd to its feet at Boston University’s Thomas Terrier Classic. Video of the meet shows an exciting race in which Horowitz went from fifth place after 1000 meters before taking and holding the lead for the final lap.

“When I was a sophomore in high school and still an 800-meter runner, the mother of one of my friends said she thought I could run a sub-4:00 one day,” Horowitz told Runner’s World in 2014. 

“To run a sub four minute mile you have to bring together such high levels of talent, training, courage and desire that it’s one of the best accomplishments in all of sports,” Slovenski said.