EWU loses sub-four minute miler Maplestone


Last updated 1/7/2021 at 1:37pm

CHENEY – Legendary Eastern Washington University miler Bob Maplestone — a member of multiple halls of fame — passed away Saturday, Jan. 2. University Athletics Department officials said he was 74 and at the time of his death lived in the Edgewood, Wash., near Tacoma.

A sub four-minute miler originally from Cardiff, Wales, he was the first Briton to run a mile indoors in under four minutes (3:59.5) in 1972 and went on to have a time of 3:58.5 outdoors in 1973. His eventual best in the mile was 3:57.6.

Maplestone was NAIA champion in the indoor mile in 1971 and 1972, the outdoor mile...

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