WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport native Henry Wynne recently won the national title in the men's mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
"It was an awesome race out there," Wynne said. "It was very tactical and I tried to get out front early and not get mixed up in all of the pushing and shoving in the middle of the pack. Jonah Koech of UTEP came around me with 600 meters to go and it was a real race from there, hitting each other back and forth and sprinting as fast as possible. To cross the line in first place is an amazing feeling and I'm looking forward to more in the future."
Wynne, a junior at the University of Virginia, edged Blake Haney of Oregon by 0.12 to win the men's mile with a time of 4:06.63.
"I am so proud of Henry," UVA distance coach Pete Watson said. "Nine months ago, he left Eugene (Oregon) after his first trip to the NCAA Championships and committed himself to being great. He matured, became focused and decided he wanted to be great. This indoor season has been special and every race we were in, we came in with the goal to win. We mapped out the race plan this morning and Henry followed it perfectly."
Wynne is the third Cavalier to win an NCAA title in the Indoor Track and Field Championships and first in an event other than the 800 meters.
"After watching the mile last night, we felt by holding Henry out of the distance medley relay that he could have a chance to do something special," said Bryan Fetzer, UVA director of track and field/cross country. "I can not think of something more special than an NCAA Championship."
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