Running Shots

 

Pre, an Oregon freshman, trails the leader Gerry Lindgren (not in pic) after the first mile @ NCAA XC Nat's in "69."

Lindgren (pic, R) puts the finishing touches on his 3rd NCAA XC title of the same race, as Pre gets 3rd place. This race marks the end of Lindgren's reign and the begining of Pre's dynasty.

Adam Goucher (Colorado) won the Footlocker Nat'l XC title as a HS senior and then took 2nd as a Colorado frosh (BW pic) @ the NCAA XC Nat's in "94."

The following XC Nat's, Goucher was 6th in "95" (redshirted in 96) & 4th in "97." Adam concluded his collegiate career by winning the NCAA XC title (color pic) in "98."

 

Gerald "Gerry" Lindgren - John Rogers High School - Spokane, Washington - Class of 1964

As a sophomore, Lindgren gained enough stamina to finish second in the state cross-country championships and clocked a 4:36.1 in driving rain in August (Boy's Highland Games).

The region's experts began to wonder about his potential.

Gerry was one of the top milers in the spring track season until suffering a broken foot after running a 4:32.2 mile.

Gerry Lindgren (Rogers HS) junior

Lindgren missed most of the '62 spring campaign but came back in the fall to obliterate cross country marks and win the individual title at the state meet lowering the state cross-country course record by 21 seconds!

October 4, 1962, Lindgren, the John Rogers junior, sped an amazing 9:17 for a two-mile cross country course at Shadle Park breaking the city high school record by 32 seconds. Lindgren started as if running a 440 and burned the first mile in 4:28, nine seconds off the state mile record. Three watches caught Lindgren at 9:17. The course was measured for the two miles and found to be 16 yards short.

Before Lindgren got serious, he was running 100 miles a week. Gerry tries to see how far he can go at a rapid rate before slowing from exhaustion. First it was ¾ of a mile, now its 1½ miles before fatigue & trying for 2M. The near future for Lindgren is more miles!!

 

Lindgren leads state mile Lindgren nips Jim Simons (Shadle Park) to win state mile. Lindgren runs away from the field Lindgren races sub-nine at Shadle Park

Lindgren's rise to National prominence started here (above) -just three weeks after discarding crutches for a broken foot, Lindgren made a sensational stretch comeback to nip Jim Simons (Shadle Park) to win the state meet mile in 4:18.3 (State Meet Record). Six weeks later, July 4, he duplicated the courageous finish, nosing out CA state champ Tracy Smith in a special mile race at Eugene, in 4:12.9.

Gerry has a tendency for foot injuries. In two track seasons, he's made just four of 13 league duel meets.

Senior year: During the fall, the 5-foot, 6-inch, 115 lbs, Lindgren destroyed the course record on every course he raced.

Gerry last bout with Shadle Park was another CR. (above R) With a crowd of several hundred, broke the "nine-minute barrier" with nobody in sight behind him, hit the tape in 8:59.5. The time breaks his CR by 5.3 seconds and is 36 seconds better than any other prep has ever done. Lindgren went out in 4:22, a time only 4 Spokane preps, Gerry included have ever beaten for a one-mile race!

That fall, Lindgren broke 9:10 three other times on the Shadle Park course and a 9:23 on the 2.1 mile Moss lake course a time that converts to about a nine-flat two mile.

Sat, November 16, Lindgren won his second state title running the 2⅜ Green Lake xc course in a record 10:47.5 winning by 300 yards. Lindgren (hacking another 18 seconds) easily broke his CR of last year of 11:06!

 

Lindgren's performances are totally confined to Northwest tracks until now... Gerry is invited to an exhibition 2M. A select field of the nation's finest two-milers in a featured event of the San Francisco Examiner's Holiday Invitational Indoor Meet.

12/27/63 - Examiner Indoor -2M

The Friday night meet, is the brainchild of Bert Nelson (publisher of Track & Field News and Examiner meet director). Earlier in the month, Nelson extended the invitation (+ $50 toward expenses) to Lindgren and his John Rogers High School coach Tracy Walters, contingent upon their obtaining partial financial backing locally. The backing, $75 from the Athletic Round Table and $25 from the Sports Writers and Broadcasters, came quickly. Walters obtained the sanction of the Washington State High School Activities Association providing Gerry is not presented as an "official" representative of Rogers HS and the trip was on...

Included in the elite field of competitors:

Jim Ryun (East, Wichita, KS, Junior) has excited attention as a miler, where he's been near the National record of 4:08. In the 2M he's run a 9:11.5.

Ralph Gamez (Foothill HS, Sophomore) just 15 years old, set an age-group record of 9:13.2 earlier in the month (7th).

Lindgren charges right to the front Lindgren enroute to Cow Palace win.

Lindgren had the roaring Cow Palace crowd of 12,117 on its feet and cheered him loudly the whole 22-lap distance. Lindgren (above) went to the lead immediately --per custom. He ran the first quarter in 59.7, hit the half in 2:07, and passed the mile mark in 4:26.5, with a half mile to go, his time was 6:44 flat. Finishing in 9:00.0!! His time surely would have been faster had he not been forced to the outside several times as he lapped the field of eight. The huge building was deafening roar as he sprinted through the last half-mile as he made a shambles of his heralded duel with Jim Ryun of Wichita Kansas. Lindgren won by a full lap, as Ryun stumbled on the first turn, Lindgren broke away from the field, fell 40 yards behind and never recovered. He scrambled back past the rest of the field but never threatened Lindgren. (2) Ryun-9:22, 3) Gamez-9:29.7)

Gerry Lindgren's stunning performance in the San Francisco Examiner race Friday night burst upon the sports pages of the nation like a bomb. Among the Nation's track coaches, the track & field fans of the Northwest and the sports page readers of the state it was, not a surprise.

 

Lindgren leads at L.A. Invite 2M.

1/18/64 -Los Angeles Invitational Indoor track meet -Open 2M

Saturday night, Lindgren held the lead early (4:21.2 at the mile). Early in the second mile, Lindgren fell back to fourth, then came on to finish 2nd (forty yards behind) in a brilliant 8:46.0 The winner, in 8:41.4, Belgiums Gaston Roelants (the current World Record holder for the steeplechase), who is seen running second here.

Lindgren leads Belgiums Gaston Roelants

 

Gerry Lindgren (Rogers) enroute to renowned 8:40.0 indoor 2M.

02/15/64 @ Daly City, CA -SF - Indoors 2 miles

High schooler Lindgren pushed the pace and led Ron Clarke (Australia, WR holder 6M/10,000m) through a 4:19.7 mile, yielded the lead for a short time and was on top with 500 yards remaining. Then, Clarke went back in front and pulled away with a 60.4 final 440 to win in 8:36.9 but Lindgren still had a strong 63.5 for 2nd in the renowned: 3,000 m./ 2 miles  8:06.3 / 8:40.0 (splits - 4:19.7 + 4:20.3)!!
*A scant 10½ months ago (May 3) -Lindgren finished 3rd in the mile (4:41) in a duel meet against North Central. He was three days off crutches after healing a cracked foot bone.

Clarke gets ready to pass Lindgren

 

2/22/64 -Saturday -New York, Madison Square Garden

National AAU Indoor Track & Field Championships - 3M

Ron Clarke won in a 13:18.4 effort (clipping six seconds off the listed record). Lindgren in making his first attempt ever at 3-Miles indoors ran 3rd behind Clarke and New York veteran Pete McArdle, who was timed in 13:32.6. Lindgren stopped the clock at 13:37.8 just eight-tenths of a second over the American citizen's listed mark.

Lindgren leads Clarke in the three-mile

OUTDOORS

Gerry Lindgren Rogers HS

April 17, Friday, Spokane, Gerry Lindgren turned in the first sub-nine outdoor 2M in a HS track & field meet, a dual meet!! Rogers vs Central Valley @ Rogers. The new prep mark went practically unnoticed in the course of Lindgren's spectacular senior season... Lindgren raced 8:56.5. It's well off his 8:40 indoor time set in open indoor competition two months ago, but crushes the current recognized outdoor two-mile prep mark of 9:09.8 held by Mike Ryan Wilcox HS Santa Clara CA.

April 25, Saturday, Lindgren added the unofficial Idaho 2M prep record to his conquests.
He raced an 8:57.0 at the Coeur d'Alene Invitational bettering the official state record of 10:10.9!

 

Start Mile Lindgren enroute to HSR for mile

May 23, Lindgren sets a national prep mile record at the 54th Washington State High School Track & Field Championships.

Lindgren (R), cheered by the largest crowd ever to watch a top prep track meet in the state of Washington, clicked off four laps in 4:06.0 (splits: 60, 62, 60 & 64). Gerry's best 880 is 1:56.4 (against Lewis & Clark).

 

Gerry Lindgren Rogers HS

May 29,

Gerry graduates from John Rogers HS -Seven days later...

Lindgren and Bruce Kidd Bruce Kidd leads Lindgren

June 5, Compton, Compton Invitational. -New rule: Graduated HS performers remain eligible in the summer period following their graduation.

Gerry Lindgren runs his first competitive attempt at 5,000 meter race and it could be his last for some time... He is due to try the 10,000 meters event at the U.S. Federation Meet next week in Corvalles, Oregon.

Lindgren led at the mile at 4:20 (wanting a 4:23), and dueled with Bruce Kidd (Canada) for the first two. Lindgren hit the 2M post in 8:53.6. Lindgren passed the 3M mark in 13:18.2 (nearly 20 seconds faster than the indoor time 13:37.8, Feb 22), finally finished in 4th with a 13:44.0!!! The race was won by Bob Schul in a new AR 13:38.0. (Bob Schul-Link) Gerry was also under the old AR! The WR is 13:35.0 held by Russian Vladimir Kuts since 1957. Lindgren's final 440 was a fine 60.4, only Schul blasted away with a 56 second last lap off of the killing pace.

Lindgren races past 2M in 8:53.6 enroute to 13:44.0 5k!

 

Gerry Lindgren leads 10k

(L) June 13, Corvalles, Oregon.

In the elapsed time of 29:37.6, Lindgren completes his first 10,000 meters. In winning, Lindgrens time is under the Olympic qualifying standard of 29:40!

Lindgren wins his first 10,000m

 

June 28, Sunday -New Brunswick, NJ.

Lindgren, the sensational schoolboy, finishes a strong 2nd (about 12 yards behind Bob Schul with 13:56.2) in the national AAU 5,000-meter run in 13:58.6 (leading in splits 4:25.2 & 9:04 at 2M). By finishing second Gerry assures himself of a place on the U. S. team that will face the Russians in Los Angeles next month...

Gerry Lindgren Gerry Lindgren

 

Lindgren tracks the soviets Lindgren surges past Lindgren pulls away from Ivanov Lindgen wins U.S.-Soviet duel

July 25, Los Angeles, Saturday, -The mightiest roar of the crowd of 50,519 -Was when the 18-year-old high school student from Spokane, Wash., who ran two Russian veterans to the ground in the 10,000-meters, in only his second try at 10k, winning in 29:17.6 (above). With 10 laps to go, Lindgren shot into the lead with with a blistering lap of 60.0 that brought him from 10 yards behind his Russian rivals to 10 yards in front. He kept lengthening the lead with every lap, winning by 150 yards or more over Leonid Ivanov. Lindgren was the first American ever to win a distance event at the U.S.-Soviet duel meet!


2) Ivanov 29:38.6, 3) Nikolai Dutov 30:51.8.
Gerry lapped his teammate John Gutknetch who finished in 31:22.2.

 

August 13, Kingston, Jamaica

Carreras Invitational Track Meet @ National Stadium

 

(R, July 3, Lindgren leads semifinal Olympic Trials 5k in NY (Schul won, Lindgren 3rd).

Lindgren leads semifinal Olympic Trials 5k in NY

Thursday night, almost on a lark, Lindgren raced the mile. Clocking a 4:01.5-finishing 3rd in a stirring duel with Oregon State's NCAA champ Morgan Groth (4:00.4) and Canadian Champion Ergas Leps.

In the three-mile, Saturday (Aug. 15), Gerry took the lead from the start but was dogged by New York's Oscar Moore all the way through a 4:26 first mile and 8:55 at two, then as he had against the Russians, Lindgren tore off a fast, near 60-second lap, shredding away Moore. Lindgren breezed on to a 4:22 final mile, to clock 13:17.0!! -Moore faded to nearly 100 yards back clocking 13:42.8, his PB.

Gerry's time beats the existing American Record of 13:17.4 set by Jim Beatty in 1961, but is off the pending record of 13:15.8 by Bob Schul, June 5 at Compton, California.

In that Compton race, Lindgren clocked his all-time previous best, 13:18.2, enroute to a 13:44. Shul went on to set an American 5,000m record of 13:38.

 

 

Gerry Lindgren Rogers HS September 12, 1964, Lindgren (R), the 18 year old schoolboy who was the hero of the U.S-Russian track meet, is an easy winner of the Olympic trials 10,000 meter run in the Los Angeles Coliseum. He finished about 45 yards in front of Lt. Billy Mills (obscured in background) of the Marines. Gerry's time was 29:02.0. Gerry Lindgren wins Olympic Trials 10k race

 

The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
October 12, Tokyo, Monday morning, Lindgren, America's top hope for its first 10,000-meter gold medal in Olympic history is bogged down with an injury. While running in a park near the Olympic Village, Gerry stepped on a stump of a tree that had been cut down and treated when he injured the ankle (which swelled up badly). The 18-year old will still race in the final on Wednesday. October 14, Tokyo, Lindgren competed, after a game try for two miles, faded far back in the pack, hobbling badly from the twisted ankle he suffered Monday, barely 48 hours before the race. He finished 9th in the field of 38 competitors. The 10,000 meter race was won by Billy Mills, a crew cut marine lieutenant from Coffeyville, Kansas, in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Olympic Games.(Link to video of race). Lindgren, Mills and Clarke.
Clarke, Kidd and Lindgren Lingren, Mills & Clarke

 

Gerry Lindgren (WSU)

Gerry Lindgren went to Washington State University. He became one of the most dominant collegiate athletes in history, Lindgren won 11 of the 12 NCAA events he contested while a student at WSU.

He won the outdoor three-mile and six-mile double three times, three harrier titles and two indoor two-mile titles. His only miss was was the 1968 indoor two-mile race, in which Jim Ryun outkicked him.

 

Lindgren won three NCAA Cross Country Individual Titles...
Lindgren wins 1st NCAA XC title Lindgren's second NCAA win Lindgrens third XC title

1966 - U. of Kansas Cross Country Course, Lawrence Kansas

(29:01.4)

1967 - Laramie Country Club, Laramie, Wyo.

(30:45.6)

1969 - Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, N.Y.

(28:59.2)

 

 

Pete Romero leads Marty Liquori Rick Riley 2M record setter '66

Pete Romero vs Marty Liquori

'67 San Francisco, CA, Indoors: Liquori(Essex Catholic) edges Romero (Reedley) at two-miles, both clocking 9:06.2.

Rich Kimball

@ Oakland Indoor, enroute to his HSR (at the time-74) 1500m (3:50.0).

Rick Riley (Ferris, WA) 2M record setter in '66 with 8:48.4.

 

Marty Liquori (Essex Catholic, HS)
Salazar leads Nick Rose
Rono @ Hayward Field
Marty Liquori (Essex Catholic, Newark, NJ) was the 3rd prep under 4:00 in the mile with a 3:59.8 ( in a world record race by Jim Ryun, prepdome's first-ever sub-4 miler).

 

Terry Williams (Lompoc, CA) placed 6th in losing to rival Curtis Beck in the 2 mile @ CA State meet in 72. In 73, Williams outran Beck, winning-state 2 mile.

Terry ran 4:08.4/8:54.8/14:08.4m (mile/2mile/5000m) in 73 and took his talents to the University of Oregon.

Williams (O) vs Kimeto (WSU)

Matt Centrowitz & Terry Williams

finish together @ NIKE-OTC Marathon ("79").

 

Pre

Matt Guisto (San Mateo, CA) is enroute to the biggest upset in Kinney History ("83").

As a sophomore, Guisto ran in the Kinney Western Regionals and finished in 104th place.

Invisible Man

 

Keninisa Bekele (Ethiopia) is second in the 5000m race @ the 2000 World Junior Track Championships.

10/22/2000 - © Allsport Michael Steele/ALLSPORT

2001 World X-Country

Senior Men's - Short Course

A junior, Bekele (182) sloshed through the mud for second place!!

3/24/2001 - © Allsport

2001 World X-C - Next Day

Bekele dominated the Jr race for his first world title. He pulled away from his last challenger barely halfway into the race and then romping through the mud giving no evidence to the fact he had 24 hours earlier taken the silver medal in the senior men's short race.

3/25/2001 - © Allsport

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