Vintage Track
Bill Killian
From the Chronicles of Bill Killian

 

 

1977 -NCAA -Thurs. June 2, Steeple Heats, Freshman, Henry Rono, NCAA individual XC Champ wins his qualifying heat -8:41.35.

Fri. June 3, Finals, 10,000 meters, Rono led the first lap in 67.1, dropped off after 8,000 meters to finish a non-scoring 10th -29:22.61.

Sat. June 4, Finals, 3,000 meters Steeplechase. James Munyala (UTEP) goes for his third straight title.

Bruce Bickford (Northeastern) leads Rono
Bruce Bickford (Northeastern) leads the steeple.
Bickford and Rono
Rono
Henry Marsh (Brigham Young) is on barrier
Henry Marsh (Brigham Young) moves up through the field (stepping on barrier). He was 2nd last year.
Rono
Rono Rono
James Munyala Rono James Munyala
1) James Munyala (UTEP) 8:29.51. 2) Henry Rono (WSU) 8:31.12. 3) Henry Marsh (BYU) 8:32.06.

 

In the '76 NCAA -Washington State University swept the 5,000 meters!

1) Josh Kimeto (Washington State University) ...............13:47.84
2) John Ngeno (Washington State University) ................13:55.60
3) Samson Kimombwa (Washington State University) ...13:56.36
4) Terry Cotton (Arizona) .............................................14:00.22

(Above) '77, Foreigners again swept the 5,000m as Josh Kimeto defended his title.

1) Josh Kimeto (WSU) .............................13:38.14
2) Samson Kimombwa (WSU) .................13:38.57
3) Tony Staynings (Western Kentucky) .....13:39.24
4) Craig Virgin (Illinois) .............................13:42.06

 

 

1978 - NCAA DIVISION I @ Eugene, Oregon
Steve Scott UCI leads Scott Scott

Eugene, June 3, 1500 meters, Steve Scott (UCI) took the lead at 450m and never relinquished the lead.

1) Steve Scott (UCI) ................................3:37.6
2) Ray Flynn (East Tennessee) ..................3:37.7
3) Steve Lacy (Wisconsin) ........................3:37.8
4) Don Paige (Sophomore, Villanova) .......3:38.9
5) Sydney Maree (Freshman, Villanova) ...3:39.1

 

Flash forward one week to the AAU Championships
Steve Scott Scott Scott

Westwood, June, 10, 1500 meters, Steve Scott joined Jim Ryun as to successfully defend an AAU 1500/Mile championship.

1) Steve Scott (UCI) ................................3:38.8
2) Sydney Maree (Freshman, Villanova) ...3:38.9
3) Steve Lacy (Wisconsin) ........................3:39.0

 

Henry Marsh (Punahoa, HS, Honolulu, Hawaii, class of 1972)

A miler while in high school, Marsh became a steeplechaser at Brigham Young University.

His progress was slow until 1976, when he had his first breakthrough in the event, finishing second at the NCAA championships, second at the Olympic Trials and 10th at the Olympic Games.

The top steeplechaser in the U.S. during the 1980s. He never won an NCAA championship, 2nd in 1976 and 3rd in both 1977 and 1978, but he won the national 3,000-meter steeplechase championship ten years in a row, from 1978 through 1987.

Marsh broke the American record four times in his career, with his most recent mark of 8:09.17 (August 28, 1985) lasted 21 years until Daniel Lincoln ran 8:08.82 at the Golden Gala in Rome on July 14, 2006.

Marsh also ran a 3:59.31 mile.

Henry Marsh

 

Back to Eugene. Thursday, June 1, Steeple Heats - 2:45 p.m. *Rono enters himself in the Steeple, the 5,000 & 10,000 meters.
Start of Steeple Rono in front
Rono

Heat 1 - Rono qualifies with an 8:18.63 - (A New Meet Record).

Rono blasts away
Rono Rono hits the water Rono charges home

 

Thursday, June 1, - 5,000 Meters trials - 6:40 p.m. Heat # 1.
Kimombwa leads Joel Cheruiyot (WSU) leads Chapa qualifies in third
1) Joel Cheruiyot (WSU) ..13:47.55, 2) Rodolfo Gomez (UTEP) ..13:49.14, 3) Rudy Chapa (Oregon) ..13:52.80.

 

Heat # 2 -Just over four hours later after a nap, shower and nearly an hour's warm up, Rono was back.
Rono takes over Rono takes over Rono alone
(L) On the beginning of the second lap, Henry Rono (758, WSU) took over with a 61.
Josh Kimeto Rono Rono

100 yards behind, but 50 yards ahead of the rest of the pack was Josh Kimeto (755, WSU).

2 time defending champion (76, 77), Kimeto did lead the first lap with a 65.

Rono's powerful stride brought him past the mile in 4:08!

Two in 8:33. Three-12:56!!!

Rono Rono Rono
Last 4 laps: 4:18.2, last 2 laps: 2:02.9 & last lap: 58.3. Rono qualifies in 13:21.79 *New NCAA meet record & Hayward Field record!!

 

 

Friday, June 2, 10,000 meters - 6:05 p.m. *Rono does not show up for the final.
Start of 10,000 meters John Treacy (Providence) leads field

 

John Treacy (Providence) leads Mike Musyoki (UTEP) leads Mike Musyoki (UTEP) leads Mike Musyoki (UTEP) leads
32 starters. The opening splits: 4:31(mile) and 9:07 (two miles) shook off 21 competitors.

 

On the 12th lap, world record holder Samson Kimombwa fell. Teammate and countryman Joel Cheruiyot fell over him and was badley bruised. Kimombwa bounced up and continued, but Cheruiyot was through.

 

Joseph Nzau (Wyoming) leads Joseph Nzau (Wyoming) leads Kimombwa
The leaders pass 3M at 13:46.7 and 14:16.0 for 5,000.
Joseph Nzau (Wyoming) leads Pat Davey (Tennessee) and Joseph Nzau (Wyoming)
Cheruiyot is out. Joseph Nzau (685, Wyoming) leads. Pat Davey (Tennessee) and Joseph Nzau (Wyoming).
Kimombwa Sam Kimombwa (WSU) leads Musyoki leads
Kimombwa surged on the 15th lap and led six runners in contention past 5M (23:05).

 

10k Pat Davey (Tennessee) makes a bid for home Treacy sprints for home
American surprise, Pat Davey (830, Tennessee) gets ready to pass... Davey (Tennessee) makes a run for home... But at the bell it was World XC champion, John Treacy racing a 61.3 last lap, pulling away from Davey's 63.3, but Freshman Musyoki sprinted strongly off the last curve to complete a 60-flat!

Results:

1) Mike Musyoki (UTEP, frosh) ........28:30.9
2) John Treacy (Providence, Sr) ........28:32.3
3) Pat Davey (Tennessee, Jr) .............28:34.9
4) Sam Kimombwa (WSU, Jr) ..........28:45.3
5) Joeseph Nzau (Wyoming, frosh) ....28:45.7
6) Alberto Salazar (Oregon, soph) .....28:46.6

Link to video of 1978 NCAA distance races.

 

Rono

Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. - Steeple Final - Hillary Tuwei (Richmond) took the early lead -66.0 for first lap. Rono was 8th at 67.6. Rono took the lead at the start of the third lap and increased throughout the race, 8:12.39!

Three time winner, James Munyala (UTEP) is 2nd (8:24.0) Henry Marsh is 3rd-8:30.04.

Rono withdraws from the 5,000m. (a sore foot -bruised three weeks earlier from his WR 8:05.4 steeple).

Rono

 

Saturday, June 3, 4:45 p.m. - 5,000 meter run Final -minus Henry Rono...
Josh Kimeto rips the first mile Chapa enroute to winning 5,000 meters Chapa wins 5,000 meters
Josh Kimeto rips the first mile in 4:12!
He would finish 4th

The young soph didn't face Rono but in the field there were still 6 well-credentialed imports led by two-time winner Josh Kimeto (WSU). Chapa easily handled them all and he even waved in appreciation to the crowd 20 meters before the finish line.

1) Rudy Chapa (Oregon) .....13:35.3! (Link to distance races).

 

800 Meters

1) Peter Lemashon (UTEP) ...1:45.68.

 

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