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Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend

Pre's rock is located in Eugene, OR where he lost his life in an automobile accident.

Personal Records 1500 - 3:38.1Mile - 3:54.63000 - 7:42.6 2 Mile - 8:18.43 Mile - 12:51.4 5000 - 13:21.910,000 - 27:43.6

College Entering the University of Oregon in the fall of 1969 and graduating in the summer of 1974, he won seven NCAA titles (three in cross country (1970, '71, '73), and four in the three-mile in track (1970 (13:22.0), '71 (13:20.2), '72 (14:01.4-5K) and '73 (12:53.4)--the first collegian to accomplish the feat in track and the second ever in cross country). In Pac-8 Conference track competition, he won 3-mile titles in 1970 (13:27.4), '71 (13:18.0), '72 (13:32.2) and '73 (13:10.4) and also the mile title in 1971 (4:01.5). In his first outdoor track race, he won the 2-mile (8:40.40.0) at a triangular against Fresno State and Stanford at Fresno, Calif., on March 21, 1970. Later in that first track season, he clocked 3:57.4 for the mile at the Oregon Twilight (6/5/70), finishing second and setting an Oregon freshman record and a then-personal best. Adding to those victories' drama, Pre's first NCAA 3-mile track title came with a dozen stitches in his foot after a diving board accident days before. The final cross country win came after making up a 100-yard deficit on Western Kentucky's English distance star Nick Rose. At the close of his collegiate career he had set nine collegiate track records. Pre's first-year notoriety earned him Sports Illustrated cover honors (6/15/70), showing him running on a ridge near Bowerman's house. Altogether, he never lost a race more than a mile in length as a Duck.

Olympics He competed at one Olympiad, the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, when he was 21 years old -- two years younger than anyone else in the 5,000-meter field. Taking the lead with a mile to go, and holding it until less than 600 meters remaining, he ultimately finished fourth (13:28.25) behind Lasse Viren of Finland (first, 13:26.42), Mohamed Gammoudi of Tunisia (second, 13:27.33) and Ian Stewart of Great Britain (third, 13:27.61). Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal.

Born: January 25, 1951 in Coos Bay, Ore.Died: May 30, 1975 in Eugene, Ore.Height: 5'9"Weight: 152 lbs.Family: Parents Ray and Elfriede Prefontaine, one older (Neta) and younger sister (Linda, who played tennis at the University of Oregon). Raised in Coos Bay, Ore.

Pre was coached by legendary coach Bill Bowerman

Pre's coach (Bill Bowerman) was the co-foinder of Nike and he used these lightweight and at first not so durable shoes for his track athletes (specificlly Pre).

Pre was famous for many of his quotes.

There were many books that were published and movies made about Pre

Citations Steve Prefontaine Bio ' Pix. (2003, December 18). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine. (1997). Retrieved March 3, 2015.

High School Pre was reconized by Walt McClure in the 8th grade for his decent running skills. Pre's freshman year he struggled but was not bad for not running before. Entering his sophmore year he improved slighlty and began to take it more serioulsy. His junor and senior year he grew into the best runner in America as he went undefeated his junior and senior years. More infofromation at

Pre in his high school days at Marshfield


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