January 05, 2021
High school phenom went on to produce finishing bursts that definitely would have won him modern medals in slow run races and apart from the unhelpful surfaces, remember there were no wonder shoes back then.
By Steven Smythe, Athletics Weekly
There are some races you think the way the race...
November 05, 2020
Jim Ryun of Kansas was about as big a favorite as could be to win his first NCAA outdoor title at the 1967 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Provo, Utah. He had set world records in both the Mile and 880 yards in an undefeated 1966 outdoor season.
September 16, 2020
“I wanted us both sagging in the stretch, looking more like boxers, both dead, like we were running on sand.”
From Track & Field News
Track's rich history is full of great head-to-head clashes. To kick off our new series of trips to the TFN vaults to find coverage of some of the most...
August 02, 2020
Villanova star won three outdoor NCAA Mile crowns, all sub-4, setting two meet records
Marty Liquori of Villanova beat a legend for his first victory at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
He was just a sophomore then and followed with two more NCAA Mile...
July 20, 2020
Mile legend, Olympic medalist & former congressman to receive nation’s highest civilian honor on Friday, July 24 in Washington, DC
By Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle
One of Wichita’s greatest all-time athletes is set to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor on Friday.
Jim Ryun, the...
April 29, 2020
Mile legend scored a convincing victory in the tournament final, garnering 62.1% of the vote to Deena Kastor’s 37.9%; selection pool of 66 U.S. athletes
He has broken world records.
He has won an Olympic medal.
He has appeared on seven Sports Illustrated covers, a record...
September 15, 2019
Fifth edition honors fallen heroes and Dixon Hemphill; Mile legend Jim Ryun guest of honor; BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 finale
From The Navy Mile
Continuing its tradition to honor fallen heroes, the 5th Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue will dedicate the women’s elite heat to Senior Chief...
August 27, 2019
“I felt I could not have run a more perfect race.”
Steve Landells for the IAAF
The IAAF takes a look back at five unforgettable, historic races over the classic Mile distance.
1954 – Oxford, England
Roger Bannister’s Mile world record may have only lasted a mere 46 days but his place...
May 26, 2019
Less than three years after taking up the sport, then nearly quitting it, he was running on the biggest stage in the world.
By Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman
Back in the 1960s, there weren’t many athletes who were a bigger deal in our neck of the woods than Jim Ryun.
His exploits on the track...
March 10, 2018
It is hard to put into words the impact Roger Bannister had, not just on me, but on the world.
By Jim Ryun
When I heard the news of Roger Bannister’s death last week at the age of 88, I recalled the first time I ever heard of Bannister, in the spring of 1963.
I was rattling back to Wichita...
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