May 18, 2005
Senior Jon Rankin, who hails from Monte Vista HS in San Diego, was honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions as a Star of the Month of April after making history for the Bruins. The UCLA senior broke the magical four-minute barrier in the mile at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, and later in the month led the Bruins to a win over USC in the annual Pac-10 dual meet between the two national collegiate powers.
Rankin's time of 3 minutes, 57.89 seconds was the No. 1 mark in the world when he won the event. He became the 268th American and the sixth San Diegan to break the four-minute barrier and was named the Pac-10 track and field Athlete of the Week.
On April 30, Rankin won the 800m and 1500m races, and provided the winning points in the Bruins' 83-80 victory over the favored Trojans when he placed third in the 5,000m race, the final event of the day. Rankin's 3:40.39 in the 1,500 converts to a 3:58 mile and ranks No. 1 in the world. It was also a personal best and a school record.