In mid-January, at the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon, Scott Bauhs ran 1:01:30 to finish third in a strong international field. It was a personal best by more than a minute, but the 25-year-old was hardly surprised. "I was hoping to run 61 flat," he said afterward. His confidence is based on a history of achieving his goals early and often: The youngest American (at age 21) ever to break the four-minute mile and run under 28:00 for 10,000 meters, Bauhs also holds the U.S. single-age record for the 5K (13:37, age 22, 2008) and until recently, he held the single-age record for the half-marathon (1:03:04, age 21, in his 2007 debut) as well. An eight-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion, Bauhs was a star at Division II powerhouse Chico State University, the only college he ever seriously considered, and he is now a member of the Mammoth Track Club, the only training group he ever wanted to join. He has represented the United States at the 2008 and 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the 2009 World Half-Marathon Championships, and the 2011 World Championships (at 10,000 meters), and he hopes to do so again at 5000 or 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games in London this summer. Bauhs, competing without a shoe-company sponsor, will make his NYC Half debut on March 18.
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