Monday, June 21, 2010

This Day in Villanova T&F History

June 20: On this day in 1973 Villanova great John Hartnett set an Irish National Record in the mile, running 3:54.7 at the Hayward Field Restoration meet in Eugene, Oregon. Despite setting the Irish NR, Hartnett finished third: reigning Olympic gold medallist Dave Wottle, the 1972 Olympic Champion at 800 meters, disappinted the 12,000 fans in Eugene by beating their own Steve Prefontaine in the mile 3:53.3-3:54.6.
Hartnett is shown above in 1971 at IC4A cross, bib 435.

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