Ellsworth High School alum Dan Curts (middle), pictured here in the 2019 Beach to Beacon 10K, became the sixth Mainer in history to run a sub-4-minute mile when he did so Feb. 21. BEN MCCANNA PHOTO/ PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

EHS alum Dan Curts becomes 6th Mainer to run sub-4 mile



ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School alum Dan Curts became the sixth Mainer in history to run a sub-4-minute mile when he did so Feb. 21 at the University of Washington.

Curts, who competed as an unattached runner, crossed the finish line in 3 minutes, 59.29 seconds to place first of 23 finishers. He joins Will Geoghegan, Matt Lane, Riley Masters, Erik Nedeau and Matt True as Mainers to accomplish the feat.

At Ellsworth High School, Curts, a 2014 graduate, was an 11-time state champion. He was named the Maine Gatorade Boys’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year for the 2012 season and the Track and Field Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 winter and spring seasons.

Last spring, Curts graduated from Iowa State University, where he ran cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track. He was a three-time All-Big 12 runner in cross-country (2014, 2017, 2018) as well an indoor All-American and the Big 12’s 5,000-meter outdoor champion in 2019.

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