2009 Grad Macklin Chaffee 1st NESCAC Runner to Run Sub Four-Minute Mile

Macklin Chaffee '09
Macklin Chaffee '09

BOSTON -- 2009 Williams graduate Macklin Chaffee, a track and cross-country standout at Williams who races professionally for Ragged Mountain Racing, competed at this weekend's Valentine Invitational (hosted by Boston University). 

In the first heat of the men's mile, Chaffee placed fifth overall in a time of 3:58.80, running under four minutes for the first time in his career.  Breaking the four-minute mile has long been a goal of Chaffee's, who came close to the milestone several times before this weekend.

Mitchell Baker '04, current assistant track & field coach for the Ephs was Macklin's coach the last two years of college and has advised him periodically in his 1.5 years since graduating. "I would no longer call myself his coach," noted Baker. "But I wanted to make sure that the people of Williams got news of this milestone in Williams athletic history.

"I believe he is the first NESCAC graduate to break the 4-minute barrier (only one DIII undergraduate has ever done so, a Haverford student in the 1990s), and I believe there have been less than seven in the history of Division III undergraduate AND graduate history. He is approximately the 350th American to break 4.

VIDEO: Macklin Chaffee '09 Sub-4 race from this past Saturday at Boston University.

Chaffee is in the all-white singlet, all-black compression shorts (half-tights). He starts in the group on the outside of the curve.

The finish - Macklin Chaffee is #7 in white singlet


"He represents Ragged Mountain out of Charlottesville, VA, but hopes to gain more full sponsorship this calendar year," said Baker.

Read Macklin Chaffee's Ragged Mountain Racing profile.

Chaffee (l.) competing in an open race at Williams home
course at Mt. Greylock HS in 2010