Thomas Ratcliffe ran 4:01.50 at the Adrian Martinez Classic on June 2, 2016, in the Adro Mile. Running in the pack for three laps, Thomas kept his cool and ran a gutty last lap, to run 4:01.50 and take the top position on the list of fine Massechuesetts high school boys who have raced the mile distance.
On June 17, in the adidas Dream Mile, Thomas Ratcliffe pushed the pace, searching for that sub four minute mile. His heart and his legs battled, and he nearly held on for the win, until Jack Salisbury went by with six or seven meters to go, winning in 4:04.21 to 4:04.40.
Here is Thomas after the Adrian Martinez mile. Ratcliffe ran brave races at both.
He was sad after the mile at adidas BOOST Boston, but I congratulated him anyway, telling him that he showed guts and spirit in his Dream Mile race!