Excellent video here, including a post-race interview, of Steve Prefontaine winning the LA Times indoor mile in 1973. The track was 160 meters and not particularly fast (according to lore). Many top milers of the time were there, including Marty Liquori (who finished 3rd). Unbelievably, Pre led the entire race. It's difficult to win a high school race when you lead the whole thing, let alone a race against the classy competition that Pre beat that day.
I was also struck by the post-race interview; that Prefontaine doesn't quite fit the "brash, cocksure rebel" image that Nike and Hollywood portray. The Pre in that interview, and others included in the great documentary "Fire on the Track," seems humble and level-headed. He was just being honest. Of course, it may be that what was considered cocky in 1973 would be positively polite by today's standards, as the public hadn't been subjected to the likes of today's jackasses.
Finally, Pre's time was more than respectable. Even today, he could more than hang with the very best in the world. In this year's Millrose Games (same-sized track), Bernard Lagat won the mile in 3:56, with Kenenisa Bekele in second in 4:01. At last year's Millrose Games, Lagat won in 3:52, with Laban Rotich and Alan Webb finishing second and third, respectively, in 4:00. And, unlike Lagat and Webb, the mile was never Pre's specialty.
Since 9th grade, Pre has been a hero of mine. This race shows why.