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This Day in Observe & Discipline, March 25, 2024, John Treacy Enthralls Eire with World Cross Wins in 1978 and 1979! by Walt Murphy Information and Outcomes Companies


This Day in Observe & Discipline–March  25


1942–A Night time within the Bronx—From Wally Donovan’s “A Historical past of Indoor Observe & Discipline”.

“The curtain got here down on the 1942 indoor monitor season with probably the most smashingly profitable indoor meets ever.

The assembly was for the good thing about the Navy Reduction Society. It was carried out on an oil-splattered banked board monitor, measuring 9 laps to the mile, and was primarily used for auto racing.

A crowd of greater than 5,000 jammed into the massive Coliseum within the Bronx to see the six All-Star occasions. They noticed six world marks created.”

Roy Cochran bought credit score for 2 of these marks in a single race, clocking 47.9 for 400 meters and 48.2 for four hundred and forty yards.

The identical was true for John Borican, who ran 1:50.0 for 800 meters and 1:50.5 for half of 1 mile (breaking his personal World Data). He was the 1941 U.S. Champion within the Decathlon!

John Borican, picture courtesy of NJ Sports activities.com

A Georgetown quartet of Charley Fish, Charley Williams, Hugh James, and Hugh Quick gained the mile relay in 3:17.2, and Seton Corridor gained the 2-mile relay over a troublesome Fordham staff in 7:33.9 (additionally sooner than the outside report) with a lineup of Anthony Luciano, Frank Fletcher, Robert Ranier, and Chester Lipski.

No data had been set within the mile and 2-mile, however the successful occasions had been quick. NYU senior Leslie MacMitchell gained the previous in 4:07.8, simply lacking the World Report of 4:07.4 that he shared with Walter Mehl and future Corridor-of-Famer Greg Rice took the longer race in 8:52.9, not far off his World Report of 8:51.1.

2nd within the mile was Gil Dodds, who would later set 3 World Data within the occasion. 3rd in 4:14.1 was Frank Dixon, a 5th-year scholar at St.Francis Prep H.S. (Queens, NY)

A Nationwide Corridor of Fame member, Cochran would win gold medals within the 400 and 4×400 on the 1948 Olympics after serving within the U.S. Navy throughout World Struggle II.

Cochran   Rice  MacMitchell  Borican  Dodds

1978—Maren Seidler raised her American Report within the Shot Put 4 occasions on this date in San Jose,CA:

      58-02           (17.73/19 inches higher than her earlier mark of 56-7 [17.24])

      58-04  ½      (17.79)

      60-03           (18.36)

      60-06  ½     (18.45)

Corridor of Fame Bio (2000)https://www.usatf.org/athlete-bios/maren-seidler

World Cross Nation Championships


1978–Glasgow, Scotland supplied best x-country situations for the World Championships–torrential rain, wind, and a tough, muddy course! Windfall Faculty’s John Treacy, who was the bronze medalist within the Junior race in 1973 and 1974,  gained the Males’s title, whereas Man Arbogast (fifth) and Craig Virgin (Sixth) led the U.S. to the silver medals. The opposite American scorers had been Greg Meyer (twentieth), Jeff Wells (twenty ninth), Invoice Rodgers (forty fourth), and Mike Roche (52nd). Treacy, who remains to be lively within the sport because the Chief Govt of the Irish Sports activities Council, went on to characterize Eire at 4 Olympics (Silver medal-1984 Marathon).  He had gained the NCAA Indoor 3-mile title earlier within the month and would win his 2nd World Cross title in 1979 (see under).

Within the Ladies’s race, Norway’s Grete Waitz destroyed a powerful area as she gained the primary of her 5 World titles, and Julie Shea (4th), Jan Merrill (seventh), Kathy Mills (eleventh), and Brenda Webb (fifteenth) mixed to provide the U.S. the staff silver medals.

Different Notable/U.S. Finishers

Senior Males(12.3km):2.Aleksandr Antipov (URS), 3.Karel Lismont (BEL), 8.Franco Fava (ITA), 11.Steve Jones (Wales), 14.Gerry Deegan (IRL), 50.Donal Walsh (IRL), 60.Neil Cusack (RL), 71.Ray Treacy (IRL), 72.Marc Hunter (USA), 73.Charles Vigil (USA), 99.Bobby Thomas (USA), 146.Chris McCubbins (CAN); DNF-Jos Hermens (NED), Carlos Lopes (POR), Fernando Mamede (POR); Group:1.France 151, 2.USA 156

Senior Ladies(4.728km):2. Natalia Mărăşescu (RUM), 3. Maricica Puică (RUM),12.Christine Benning (ENG), 19.Tatyana Kazankina (URS), 23.Cindy Bremser (USA), 26. Fiţa Lovin (RUM), 43.Wendy Smith-Sly (ENG); DNF-Gabriella Dorio (ITA); Group:1.Romania 30, 2.USA 37;

Junior Males(7.036km): 1. Mick Morton (ENG), 10.Rod Berry (USA), 19.Gelindo Bordin (ITA), 25.Paul Schultz (USA), 34.Mentioned Aouita (MAR), 37.Kevin Byrne (USA), 38.Jeff Milliman (USA), 54.Tim O’Neill (USA), 55.Steve Ferri (USA); Group:1.England 53, 2.Canada 53, 3.Spain 54;



1979–25,000 followers turned out at Inexperienced Park Racecourse in Limerick, Eire, to observe their hero, John Treacy, regardless of falling late within the race, win his 2nd straight World X-Nation Males’s title.  Treacy slowed close to the end as spectators jumped onto the course. ‘I used to be terrified they might knock me over or that so many would come onto the course that it will be unattainable for the others to complete”, mentioned Treacy, who wanted a police escort to go away the course. Treacy appears again at that day and his profession:


Grete Waitz, who had set a World Report whereas successful the primary of her 9 NY Metropolis Marathon titles the earlier November. was additionally a repeat winner. The USA gained the Ladies’s staff title for the 2nd time because it bought strong performances from Ellison Goodall (third), Jan Merrill (seventh), Julie Shea (eighth), and Margaret Groos (eleventh).

Jeff Nelson  (Burbank, CA), who set a Excessive College 2-mile report of 8:36.3 later within the 12 months, completed 4th within the Males’s Junior race, simply 2 seconds away from a bronze medal.

Different Notable/U.S. Finishers

Senior Males(12km):2.Bronislaw Malinowski (POL), 3.Aleksandr Antipov (URS), 7.Steve Jones (Wales), 13.Craig Virgin (USA), 21.Nick Rose (ENG), 27.Franco Fava (ITA), 41.Fernando Mamede (POR), 43.Gerry Deegan (IRL), 44.Dan Dillon (USA), 47.Donal Walsh (IRL), 49.Marc Hunter (USA), 64.Invoice Donakowski (USA), 70.Eamonn Coghlan (IRL), 79.Ray Treacy (IRL), 81.Robbie Perkins (USA), 90.Greg Meyer (USA), 93.Gelindo Bordin (ITA), 101.Steve Flanagan (USA), 137.Bobby Thomas (USA), 152.José Abascal (ESP), 166.Thomas Wessinghage (GER), 172.Knut Kvalheim (NOR); Group:1.England 119, 2.Eire 198;

Senior Ladies(5.04km):5.Svetlana Ulmasova (URS), 14.Anne Audain (NZL), 17.Paula Fudge (ENG), 19.Jennifer White (USA), 23.Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR), 36.Julie Brown (USA); DNF-Gabriella Dorio (ITA); Group:1.USA 29, 2.Soviet Union 48;

Junior Males(7.36km):1.Eddy de Pauw (BEL) 23:02, 2.Steve Binns (ENG) 23:09 3.Ildar Denikeyev (URS) 23:20, 4.Jeff Nelson (USA) 23:22, 12.Jim Hill (USA), 24.Herb Wills (USA), 27.Geoff Turnbull (ENG), 36.Steve Cram (ENG), 54.Paul Donovan (IRL), 66.John Gregorek (USA), 71.Mike Sheely (USA), 79.Alan Scharsu (USA); Group: Spain



1984–The World X-Nation Championships got here to the U.S. for the primary time and had been held on the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. The U.S. gained the Ladies’s staff title for the 2nd 12 months in a row–Betty Jo Springs, a member of the 1983 successful staff, led the way in which together with her Ninth-place end, with Cathy Branta (tenth), Sabrina Dornhoefer (sixteenth) and Cathie Twomey (seventeenth) finishing the scoring. Romania’s Maricica Puică, the 1982 Champion, gained her 2nd title as 5-time Champion Grete Waitz completed third.

As he did in 1983, Pat Porter (33:34) set a quick tempo within the Males’s race, whereas 37-year previous Carlos Lopes (33:25), the 1976 Champion, ev entually pulled away for his 2nd win, whereas Porter was handed by England’s Tim Hutchings (33:30) and Wales’ Steve Jones(33:32) within the closing 100-meters. The U.S. gained the silver medals for the fifth time in 7 years, as Porter’s 4th-place end was backed up by Ed Eyestone (Sixth), Craig Virgin (seventeenth), John Easker (twenty eighth), Jeff Drenth (forty first) and Mark Stickley (sixty fifth).

The Males’s Junior race was gained by Spain’s Pere Casacuberta, the final “non-African” to win the occasion.

NBC’s broadcast place was on the Grandstand roof on the racetrack. Throughout a break within the motion under, announcer Frank Shorter, by no means one to cross up a chance for a exercise, took a few laps across the roof’s perimeter! A safety guard, clearly a fan, joined Shorter for a part of the exercise, saying, “I’m not going to cross up this chance”.




Different Notable/U.S. Finishers

Senior Males(12.086km):5.Wilson Waigwa (KEN), 10.Francesco Panetta (ITA), 11.Alberto Cova (ITA), 13.John Treacy (IRL),, 15.Martti Vainio (FIN), 16.Mohammed Kedir (ETH), 19.Paul Kipkoech (KEN), 21.Rob de Castella (AUS), 23.Fernando Mamede (POR), 62.Karel Lismont (BEL), 94.Dan Dillon (USA), 113.Steve Binns (ENG), 115.Domingo Tibiduiza (COL), 144.Troy Billings (USA); DNF-Gelindo Bordin (ITA); Group:1.Ethiopia 134, 2.USA 161

Senior Ladies(5km):1. Maricica Puică (RUM) 15:56, 2.Galina Zakharova (URS) 15:58, 3.Grete Waitz (NOR) 15:58, 4. Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 16:04, 18.Lynn Williams (CAN), 20.Tina Krebs (DEN), 24.Rosa Mota (POR), 25.Brenda Webb (USA), 32.Nan Doak (USA); Group: 1.USA 52, 2.England 65;

Junior Males(8km):1.Pere Casacuberta (ESP), 12.Pat Piper (USA), 16.Simon Gutierrez (USA), 21.Ron Harris (USA), 23.Dan Foley (USA), 29.Dennis Cullinane (USA), 48.William Mangan (USA): Group: Ethiopia

1990–Working in her fifth World Cross Nation Championships (2nd in 1986, 4th-1987,1988, Sixth-1989), Corridor of Famer Lynn Jennings, main from the beginning, gained the primary of her three consecutive World titles on a picturesque course within the foothills of the French Alps (Aix-les-Bains). Mentioned the winner, “The one strategy to win worldwide cross-country races is to exit laborious. Right this moment my laborious was tougher than anybody else’s”.  Princeton grad Jennings, who would win 9 U.S. X-Nation titles, wore a black ribbon on her left shoulder in reminiscence of her grandfather, who died on the day she left for France.

Morocco’s Khalid Skah (34:21) gained the Males’s race in a detailed end over the Kenyan duo of Moses Tanui (34:21) and Julius Korir (34:22). Kenya’s John Ngugi, the 4-time defending champion, completed 20th after being among the many leaders within the early phases of the race.

            Jennings writes about how operating saved her life in 2014


Different Notable/U.S. Finishers

Senior Males(12.2km):5.William Mutwol (KEN), 7.Domingos Castro (POR), 9.Paul Kipkoech (KEN), 11.Salvatore Antibo (ITA), 15.Martín Fiz (FRA), 23.Ed Eyestone (USA), 37.Aaron Ramirez (USA), 38. Abel Antón (ESP), 59.Bob Kempainen (USA), 72.Frank O’Mara (IRL), 79.Invoice Taylor (USA), 110.Terry Croyle (USA), 133.Invoice Mangan (USA), 134.Dennis Leck (USA), 171.Mark Coogan (USA), 177.Craig Dickson (USA); Group:1.Kenya 42, 2.Ethiopia 96;

Senior Ladies(6km):2.Albertina Dias (POR), 3.Yelena Romanova (URS), 15.Derartu Tulu (ETH), 17.Annette Sergent (FRA), 21.Aurora Cunha (POR), 30.Angela Chalmers (CAN), 33.Sabrina Dornhoefer (USA), 34.Elaine van Blunk (USA), 44.Shelly Steely (USA), 52.Leah Pells (CAN), 103.Leanne Martin (USA), 117.Janet Smith (USA); Group:1.Soviet Union 37, 2.Ethiopia 75…5.USA 112;

Junior Males(8km):1.Kipyego Kororia (KEN) 22:13, 2.Richard Chelimo (KEN) 22:14, 3.Fita Bayissa (ETH) 22:24, 4.Ismael Kirui (KEN) 22:32, 6.Matthew Birir (KEN), 12.Salah Hissou (MAR), 13.Stefano Baldini (ITA), 19.Mark Carroll (IRL), 20.Mark Johansen (USA), 37.John Coyle (USA), 49.Jason Bunston (CAN), 74.Jeff Campbell (USA), 76.Paul Stoneham (USA), 93.Jason Mohr (USA), 104.Jamey Harris (USA): Group:1.Kenya 12, 2.Ethiopia 27

Junior Ladies(4.4km):1.Liu Shixiang (CHN) 14:19, 2.Yan Qinglan (CHN) 14:20, 12.Melody Fairchild (USA), 16.Tegla Loroupe (ETH)72.Deena Drossin-Kastor (USA), 90.Becky Spies (USA), 96.Shelly Smathers (USA), 105.Amy Giblin (USA);  Group:1.Kenya 20, 2.Japan 44;

HOF Bio (Jennings)https://www.usatf.org/athlete-bios/lynn-jennings




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