Jim Ryun to Speak at Newman for XC Championships
By Newman University Athletics
WICHITA, Kan. - Saturday Oct. 20 will mark the second year that Newman University hosts the Heartland Conference Cross-Country Championships. The races will take place at Cessna Activity Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. for the women, closely followed by the men at 10:10 a.m. Olympian Jim Ryun will give a motivational speech to the public and runners on Friday at 4 p.m.
The special occasion will attract many great runners to the area, and what better way to make a special event even better than to add three-time Olympian Jim Ryun. Starting his pathway to success, Ryun was on the right track from the word go, or in his case from the sound of the gun at the starting line. An East High School graduate and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Ryun became the first high school student to break the four minute time for a Mile, and remains the only high school junior to have ever done so.
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