Rocky Hansen On The Brink Of Breaking Four Minutes For The Mile

The CITIUS MAG Podcast

February 8, 2023

“Racing has always been a fun part of running for me. Focusing on that in these recent years of my running career has definitely helped.”

I’ve handed off the keys to the CITIUS MAG Podcast for this episode to our newest contributor Gary Martin. If you remember, last year he broke four minutes for the mile as a senior in high school. Now, he’s a freshman at the University of Virginia and doing fantastic work. We wanted to keep following along in his career so he’ll be contributing across podcasts, videos, articles and social media.

In this episode, he hosts a chat with Christ School senior Rocky Hansen of North Carolina. He has a personal best of 4:00.76 for the mile and just won the boys’ mile race at The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. He’s entered in the B-section of the mile for the Millrose Games, where he’ll have another shot at sub-4. He’s committed to Wake Forest for next year. I thought this was a cool conversation from one former high school star to the next about how to handle the pressure that comes with being in the spotlight around such a highly regarded barrier.

You can now listen to our conversation on The CITIUS MAG Podcast. Catch the latest episode of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. We are also on Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify.

rocky hansen citius mag podcast


Special offers and notices for our CITIUS MAG Podcast listeners:

OLIPOP is a prebiotic soda with only 2-5g of sugar that is actually good for your gut health. – and it’s delicious. Use code CITIUS25 for 25% off non-subscription orders. Learn more at (click the link or use our promotional code for the discount)

NEW BALANCE: You push yourself to go the distance – get the gear that helps you get the job done. Our FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 men’s running shoes are built for marathon runners who never let up. Get your pair at starting Feb. 1.

VELOUS FOOTWEAR: VELOUS is an active recovery footwear brand designed to help you restore, revive & Reenergize before and after you train. Two years in development, this team has created the world’s most comfortable, supportive and lightweight active recovery shoe in the world. Get 20% off using code CitiusMag20.

GOODR: Say goodbye to activewear sunglasses that don’t stay in place, and upgrade to Goodr’s 100% polarized, stylish and affordable $25 active sunglasses. Visit for FREE SHIPPING and to check out all their styles.


Subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Rating and reviews help new people discover the show and let future sponsors know what you think!

– You can also pledge any monthly support for us on Patreon or give a one-time donation by shooting us anything on Venmo – @CITIUSMAG.

Pick up merch from the CITIUS MAG store to show your support for the podcast and website.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.