Exclusive club: Center Grove grad runs sub-4-minute mile


Former Center Grove standout Austin Mudd is a sophomore on the Wisconsin men's track and field team. An IHSAA state champion his senior year with the Trojans, Mudd is one of the NCAA's top distance runners. SUBMITTED PHOTO

No matter how fast he runs, Austin Mudd can’t seem to shake Rudy Chapa. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

The two discovered more common ground on Saturday when Mudd, the former Center Grove High School standout, blazed a 3:59.33 to win the mile at Meyo Indoor Track Invitational at the University of Notre Dame.

The University of Wisconsin sophomore is only the eighth former Indiana prep athlete to break the tape under 4 minutes at the collegiate level. Not surprisingly, Chapa, the former phenom from Hammond whose 35-year-old State Meet record in the mile (replaced in 1980 by the 1,600-meter run) was lowered by Mudd in 2011, was the first.

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