Examining Christian Miller's 9.93s For 100m At 17 Years Old, New American U20 Record

By Kyle Merber

April 24, 2024

In March of 2007 at a poorly surfaced track on the far east side of San Antonio, my editor tells me he witnessed the coolest sporting moment he’s ever been even loosely a part of. I’ve regrettably let him share it here:

Rynell Parson – a then-sophomore who was a local sprint phenom – was set to run an early season 100m at a low-key invitational. He’d been running fast enough that even the track-ambivalent local press had taken notice, and there was a lot of buzz around him.

On that overcast morning, the wind howled at the sprinters’ backs and the official tasked with hand-timing Parson’s lane must have had an itchy trigger finger, because he was clocked at 9.99. The atmosphere was electric leading up to the start, frenzied as he put nearly half a second on the field, and borderline rapturous when his time was announced. (You can try to make out the scene from what might be the first YouTube video ever posted here.)

Even though the time was definitely not legitimate, I still think about that race semi-regularly, 17 years later. You just don’t forget seeing someone run really, really fast.

This is all to say that I hope the crowd assembled at last week’s Pure Athletics Spring Invitational in Clermont, Florida appreciated what they were treated to when 17-year-old Christian Miller ran a 9.93 (+1.6). (Everything was above board, wind- and timing-wise, and video technology has improved considerably since 2007 so enjoy the race here.)

Miller is the reigning USATF U20 100 and 200 champ, he won the 200 at last year’s New Balance Nationals, and now holds the US U20 and world under-18 record. And as of now, he’s got the outright world lead in the 100. With those credentials, it’s reasonable to have Olympic aspirations, but whatever happens in the near and long term, let’s just appreciate that right now he is running really, really, really fast, and that races are no longer filmed on potatoes.

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Kyle Merber

After hanging up his spikes – but never his running shoes – Kyle pivoted to the media side of things, where he shares his enthusiasm, insights, and experiences with subscribers of The Lap Count newsletter, as well as viewers of CITIUS MAG live shows.