Former Moapa Valley runner Josh Thompson cracks 4-minute mile

Former Moapa Valley High cross country and track standout Josh Thompson ran a sub-four minute mile Saturday in the Husky Invitational track and field meet in Seattle.

A sophomore at Oklahoma State University, Thompson finished fourth of 76 runners and had a time of 3:58.33 in the mile race. David Elliott of Boise State won the event in 3:57.38.

Thompson’s time was the best of any Big 12 Conference athlete this season and is the fifth-best time in OSU history. His previous best time in the mile was 4:10.

“Josh just had a monster (personal record) coming from his 4:10 a few weeks ago to today,” Cowboys coach Dave Smith told “Last time out he ran a 4:15, so he dropped 17 seconds in two weeks, which is kind of unheard of.”

Thompson went on a mission in Nicaragua for two years after graduating from Moapa Valley. He spent his freshman season at Central Arizona College before transferring to OSU.

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