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Henry Rono named Pac-12 Track athlete of the Century

Rono ran track at Washington State from 1976-81

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The Pac-12 has been releasing the Players of the Century every Monday for Olympic sports and yesterday the conference released the Track and Field list.  Heading the list as the Pac-12 Track and Field athlete of the Century was Washington State runner Henry Rono who ran for the Cougars from 1976-81.

In 1978 Rono set 4 world records in 81 days in the 3,000 m, 5,000 m, 10,000 m, and the Steeplechase. The 5,000 meter and the Steeplechase are two records that still stand. After setting these records he was named the Track and Field News World Track and Field Athlete of the year, AP European Sportswriters Sportsman of the Year, Sport Magazine track Athlete-of-the-year, and won the Helms Athletic Foundation World Trophy for North America.

On top of his unbelievable 1978 season he won four Pac-10 titles and six NCAA titles.

Bernard Lagat, Gerry Lindgren, Jeshua Anderson, Julius Korir, Joseph Taiwo, and John Van Reenen are the other Washington State athletes that made the list.

Track and Field:

Olympic Sports All-Century Teams | Pac-12
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Washington State’s Henry Rono named Pac-12’s track athlete of the century | The Seattle Times
Henry Rono set four world records during an 81-day stretch running for the Cougars in 1978


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