Running Shots


Hulst leads Serna CA State meet 75 Joe Rosa breaks a Hulst record Dathan Ritzenhein
At the CA state meet June 7, 1975, Eric Hulst (Link to Eric's Page), a junior, grinded out a 8:44.9 2M to win an Epic duel with rival Ralph Serna & set the Junior class record... 35 years later -Friday, June 18, 2010 -Joe Rosa, a junior, (West Windsor-Plainsboro North, NJ) ran the race of his life, and won a National track championship (New Balance Nationals) before he won a state track title!! Rosa and his twin brother Jim broke Lukas Verzbicas, the reigning National cross-country champion, with 1,000 meters left in the boys two-mile, and Joe kept his momentum going en route to a winning time of 8:44.06, a state record and a National Junior Class Record. (Link to race)

Rosa's 8:44.06 2 mile = 8:41.02 3200m eclipsed Dathan Ritzenhein's (Junior) 8:41.10 / 3200 in 2000 (converts to 8:44.3 2M).


Tom Graves Sandburg Sophomore Lukas Verzbicas Sandburg Verzbicas, youngest Foot Locker winner
Tom Graves (pictured above as a soph) won Carl Sandburg HS it's first IL state cross country individual title as a junior in 1976. (A second individual title in '77).

2009 -Lukas Verzbicas won Sandburg a third individual cross country title. Also in '09...

Verzbicas (a Lithuanian native, came to the U.S. as an 8-year-old) raced to the first National title for Sandburg at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships -in driving rain which let up just as the top runners were finishing. Verzbicas (a 16 year-old Soph who turned 17 on Jan. 6) became the youngest national champion in the event’s 31-year history. On a hill approaching 2 miles, Lukas pulled away. Running scared, Verzbicas repeatedly glanced over his shoulder as his lead continued to grow and grow during the final mile. His winning time; 15:08 along the rain-soaked 5,000-meter challenge was 15 seconds clear of the field -the the largest margin of victory since Chris Solinsky's 20-second drubbing of the field at the 2002 meet.

The 21st Century ushered in super preps Alan Webb & Dathan Ritzenhein and continued with German Fernandez (08), so far 10 years of this century has transpired giving rise with the dawning of a new era for prep distance runners.
Verzbicas is steps away from a Sub-4 minute mile Verzbicas enroute to a second Foot Locker win. Verzbicas wins a second FL National title

June 11, 2011, Lukas Verzbicas (L, Sandburg HS, class of 2011), is steps away from winning the Jim Ryun HS Dream Mile in a time of 3 minutes, 59.71 seconds,after taking the lead with 600 meters left. (Link to race) It was the fastest mile by a U.S. high schooler since Alan Webb set the record, 3:53.43, in 2001 and the fourth fastest ever by a U.S. high school runner.

In his final race as a high school runner, the Orland Park, Ill., resident became only the fifth high school athlete to run a sub four-minute mile joining Jim Ryun, the first in 1964, Tim Danielson (1966), Marty Liquori (1967) and Alan Webb (2001), who holds the current record of 3:53.43.

Verzbicas -Sub4 for full mile! _ Verzbicas and Jim Ryun
The 18-year-old recent graduate of Carl Sandburg High School was greeted at the finish line by the race's namesake, Jim Ryun the first prep runner to clock a sub-4-minute mile, and the only other athlete other than Verzbicas to do so in an all-high school race.
Verzbicas also won the event last year in 4:04.38.

Breaking the magical 4-minute mile barrier capped off a stellar high school career.
He won five national championships between December and March.

In the fall, Verzbicas won individual titles at the Nike Cross Nationals and Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (Top R);

In March, Lukas completed a “distance triple” at the 2011 New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York with wins in the 5,000 meters, two-mile and mile; over about 42 hours — with the mile coming 70 minutes after the 2 mile, and set national high school records in the indoor 5,000 and outdoor two-mile, the latter coming a week ago in Oregon at the Prefontaine Classic (below).

Lukas Verzbicas (Sandburg HS) sets 2M record _ Verzbicas sets HS 2M record!!
Running in perfect weather, the 6-foot, 135-pound Verzbicas (above) shattered the National high school record for two-miles in a race where he was pulled along by an elite international field, finishing last -stopping the clock with a sterling 8:29.46!!

Verzbicas, a world-class junior triathlete, will be taking his talents to the University of Oregon in the fall. Verzbicas intends to spend the rest of the summer training for the World Triathlon Championships in Beijing.

Craig Virgin '73

Amazingly, the only thing that withstood the epic season Verzbicas had...

Craig Virgins course record @ Detweiller Park -still stands (the IL State xc course).


Austin Mudd finishes mile in 4:01.83! Indiana Indiana legend: Rudy Chapa

Austin Mudd (Center Grove HS, Indiana) Above at the Adidas Grand Pix Mile (6/11), Mudd was far back in 7th place at the start of the last lap, got to 4th entering the final stretch -used a finishing burst to go from 4th to 2nd in the stretch to clock a super-fine 4:01.83!
*Mudd burned his last lap in 56 seconds!

The 5'-10"/150 pound Mudd labored through an unspectacular fall in cross country, but he laid a foundation for what was to come. The recent Center Grove High School graduate was a promising runner with a fast finish that until two months ago (April 23), Mudd never had run a mile faster than 4:19 --giving no indication he would become one of America's top teen middle-distance runners ever.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — IHSAA Boys Track State Finals (6/3), budding legend Center Grove senior Austin Mudd erased certified Indiana legend, Hammond distance star Rudy Chapa's State Meet 1600 record (and Memorial half-miler Tom Martin, from the record book in the same meet).
Chapa's record in the 1,600 of 4:04.20 had stood since 1976 (Martin's 800 mark of 1:50.20 had been in the book since 1977).

Mudd went out in the 1,600 and beat defending state champion Chris Weldon of Carmel with a devastating kick and finished in an astounding time of 4:03.00. Three events later he went out in the slow heat of the 800 and ran alone to the tune of 1:49.25 to become the first Indiana runner to run under 1:50.
To cap his night, he ran a relay leg of 400 meters in 47.4 -- in helping Center Grove win the 1,600 relay and its first team track state title.

6/18 -Mudd won the 800 at New Balance Nationals with a 1:48.09.
Mudd and Alan Webb, who in 2001 broke Ryun's high school mile record, are the only two boys in the all-time top 12 of both the 800 and the mile.

Mudd chose Wisconsin as much for its engineering studies as its tradition-rich running program.


Rono races in two indoor 2-Miles, '79 & '80.
Larry Lawson takes the pace out Rono nears Lawson

Feb. 2, 1979, Inglewood, L.A. Times Indoor - 2-Mile

Larry Lawson (Santa Monica Track Club) edges Henry Rono, both were credited with the same time, 8:42.6.

Rono passes Lawson Rono pushes the pace Both timed in 8:42.6, Lawson cedited with the win


Start of the Jack in the Box 2-Mile Rono breaking away Rono has broken away
Rono alone out front Rono -Last lap

Feb. 22, 1980, San Diego, Jack In The Box - 2-Mile

Henry Rono (WSU) avoided the pace for the first ½M before deciding to run, having strung out the field with a 61.9. From there it was a merely a matter of how long Rono could maintain the 61's he was trying to string together. His last mile was 4:04.9, last 1½M was 6:09.4. Rono's final time of 8:15.9 was the (Then) No. 2 indoor time ever (Behind Puttemans' 8:13.2). Rono 7:43.2 @ 3000m.

1) Rono .....8:15.9
2) Lacy ......8:22.2
3) Dixon .....8:24.1
4) Salazar ...8:24.2

Rono on the last turn

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