Congrats to Shannon Rowbury, Nike Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar.
Last year she became the American Record Holder at 1500m.
Last week she became the American Record Holder at 5000m.
Nearly dropped out of the sport after college due to repetitive injury.
Got with John Cook my college coach. Progressed to world ranking at 1500m. When he retired she got with Alberto Salazar.
Now one of the top American distance runners of all-time.
I cast my ballot for this year’s USA Track & Field Hall Of Fame inductees.
1. Butch Reynolds [former World Record Holder 400m]
2. Leroy Burrell [former World Record Holder 100m]
3. Sandra Farmer-Patrick [former American Record Holder 400m hurdles]
Pardon my bias, Sandra is a fellow Austin resident. A year or so after I moved here in late 1990 she was #1 in the World.
At the world level, her personal best 52.79 run 23 years ago is still among the Top 10 in history, currently the 9th fastest time ever run.