Drew Hunter

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Andrew Hunter
2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships (46469664524).jpg
Drew Hunter in 2019
Personal information
Born (1997-09-05) September 5, 1997 (age 21)
Loudoun County, Virginia, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight141 lb (64 kg)
SportTrack, cross country
Event(s)1500 meters, mile
Tinman Elite
Turned pro2016
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking16th U20[1]
Personal best(s)800m: 1:48.57[2]
1500m: 3:35.90[2]
Mile: 3:56.72[2]
Updated on January 15, 2019.

Drew Hunter (born September 5, 1997) is an American middle distance runner from Purcellville, Virginia. He set the national indoor mile record for high school boys in 2016.[3] He was named Gatorade National Cross-Country Runner of the Year in 2016.[4] He committed to the University of Oregon on November 12, 2015.[5] However he signed a 10-year contract with Adidas on July 8, 2016 and pursued running professionally instead.[6]

Running career[edit]

High school[edit]

Hunter won the High School Boys 3000-meter race as a high school sophomore at the Penn Relays Carnival in 2014.[7] He went on to set the national sophomore class record in the 3000 metres event at 8:16.31. In the fall of 2014, Hunter placed 4th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Hunter won the New Balance National Indoor two-mile national title in a winning time of 8:48.22.[8] He started his outdoor season with a 4:07 victory at the Penn Relays, becoming the first high school athlete since Olympian Matt Centrowitz to own both the high school boys 3K and mile Penn Relays titles.[7] Hunter achieved a season best of 4:02.36 at the Adidas Dream Mile at the Adidas Grand Prix.[9] He broke Grant Fisher’s 2-year undefeated run at the Brooks PR 2-mile championship, where he set a personal best of 8:42.51 in the event.[10] He ended his 2015 track season with a 2nd-place finish behind collegian Blake Haney in the junior boys 1500m at the USATF Outdoor Championships. He closed the last 400 meters of that race in 53.10 (seconds).[11] Hunter set a personal best of 14:20 in the 5000 meters at the Third Battle Invitational. He set a course record of 14:26 at the Foot Locker South regional meet before winning his first Foot Locker National title in 14:55.7.[12] In his indoor debut, Hunter broke the high school boys national indoor 3k record with a time of 7:59.33 at the Camel City Elite meet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[13] He followed up that performance with another national record in the high school boys indoor mile, running 3:58.25 at the Armory Track and Field Invitational.[14] By doing this he became the 8th High School Athlete to break 4 minutes in the mile. He was also the second High School Athlete to break 4 in the mile indoors. Hunter then waited two weeks before resetting the record with a 3:57.81 performance at the Millrose Games. Hunter's 2016 outdoor season was also successful. He ran a 4:00.73 split in the 1600m to bring the Loudoun Valley boys the win in the DMR at the Penn Relays in 10:00.01.[15] He returned to his best event, breaking 4 minutes again with a 3:58.86 at the Pre Classic.


On August 5, 2016, Hunter placed 6th overall in the men's mile race at the 2016 Sir Walter Miler, finishing in 3:57.15.[16] It was his first race since graduating from high school. On February 11, 2017, Hunter participated in the NYRR Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile, where he placed seventh in 3:56.80. On February 23, 2019 Hunter won the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships two mile with a meet record time of 8:25.29.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Hunter is the fourth of nine children in his family. Five of his siblings are adopted; two from Haiti and 3 from China. His father and mother are both also runners. His father, Marc Hunter, was a national-class distance runner for Cleveland State University.[18] He competed in the 1980 Olympic Trials in the 5000-meter event and owned a personal best of 13:36 in the event. Joan Hunter ran at West Virginia University and has won multiple masters indoor national titles.[19] Marc and Joan coached Alan Webb during his freshman year at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia.[20] Drew Hunter stands 5ft11in and weighs 141 lbs. Hunter is currently completing his undergraduate degree at University of Colorado Boulder.

Race results table[edit]

Year Championship Record Event Venue Place Time
2019 2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships 2 mile run Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex 1st 8:25.29[21]
2019 2019 USA Cross Country Championships cross country running 10 km Apalachee Regional Park 9th 29:37
2018 2018 IAAF Continental Cup 1500 m Městský stadion (Ostrava) 7th 3:43.95[22]
2018 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 1500 m Des Moines, Iowa 6th 3:43.97[23]
2017 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 1500 m Hornet Stadium (Sacramento) 11th 3:46.37[24]
2015 2015 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships 1500 m Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
2nd 3:58.48[25]


  1. ^ "U20 OUTDOOR 2016 1500 METRES MEN". December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Andrew HUNTER- Athlete Profile". IAAF.
  3. ^ Crouse, Lindsay (20 February 2016). "A Quick Turnaround as Drew Hunter Breaks High School Mile Mark". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ Emert, Jacob (2016-02-24). "Loudoun Valley's Drew Hunter named Gatorade National Cross-Country Runner of the Year". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
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  6. ^ Chavez, Chris (2016-07-08). "High School Star Drew Hunter Turns Professional, Signs with adidas". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  7. ^ a b "Virginia runner Andrew Hunter wins mile and pulls off rare career double at Penn Relays". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  8. ^ Stevenson, Jimmy. "Champ Boys 2mile Section 2, Hunter & Thomet 8:48 - 2015 NBIN | New Balance Nationals Indoor". MileSplit United States. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  9. ^ "Adidas Grand Prix - Adidas Dream Mile - Boys". MileSplit United States. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  10. ^ "Brooks PR 2015 Boy's 2 Mile (Hunter Takes down Fisher 8:42.51 #9 All-Time!)". FloTrack. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  11. ^ "Blake Haney Takes Down Andrew Hunter & Grant Fisher to Win USA Jr. 1500 Title - LetsRun.com". LetsRun.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  12. ^ "Loudoun Valley's Drew Hunter named Gatorade National Cross-Country Runner of the Year". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  13. ^ Young, Dennis. "Drew Hunter Runs 7:59 3K For New National Record!". MileSplit United States. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  14. ^ "Hunter's 3:58.25 mile breaks indoor HS record". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  15. ^ Zahn, Jennifer. "FloTrack's Best Kicks of 2016: Drew Hunter Wins Penn Relays DMR By A Hair!". FloTrack. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  16. ^ [1] Sir Walter Miler Results - Meredith College. Friday, August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "United States Track and Field". usatf.org.
  18. ^ "2012 Legends Meet" (PDF). Maplewood High School. October 6, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Meet The Elementary School PE Teacher Who Is The Mastermind Behind America's Greatest Prep Distance Runner - LetsRun.com". LetsRun.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  20. ^ Chavez, Chris. "Drew Hunter breaks Alan Webb's indoor mile record". si.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  21. ^ "2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships". USATF. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  22. ^ "2018 IAAF Continental Cup Results - OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC 08 SEP 2018 - 09 SEP 2018". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "2018 USATF Outdoor Championships Results - 6/21/2018 to 6/24/2018 Drake Stadium". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "2017 USATF Championships Results - 6/22/2017 to 6/25/2017 Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, Calif". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  25. ^ "USATF Junior Championships Full Results - 6/25/2015 to 6/28/2015 Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon". Retrieved October 10, 2018.