Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This Day in Villanova T&F History

On this day in 1985 in Cologne, Germany former Villanova great Sydney Maree set a new USA National Record over 1,500 meters, running 3:29.77. The AR would stand for 21 years until it was broken in 2006 by Bernard Lagat. At the time of his 1985 record, Maree was a former world record holder at that distance (3:31.24, also set in Cologne, in August 28, 1983, when he broke the record of Steve Ovett). A month earlier in 1985, Maree had established the USA National Record over 5000 meters, when he ran 13:01.15 in Oslo on July 27. In all, Maree set American records over three distances: 1500, 3000, and 5000 meters. While running for Villanova, Maree was a three-time NCAA individual champion: over 1500 meters (1980 and 1981) and 5000 meters (1979). He was 5th in the 5000 at the 1988 Olympic Games.

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