Through The Years ABE ROSENKRANTZ (1933-36) New York, New York. Abe was All-CCC in 1934 and was not only three-time All-State but also three-time State Runner-up...Never ran in a losing cross country meet during his career...One of the best 880 runners in the U.S...Won the Indoor CCC (1935, 1936), and in 1936 ran 1:50.3 and just missed making the 1936 U.S. Olympic team...Time remained a school record for almost 30 years... Won the Millrose Games 880 yards in 1937 and took home three gold medals in the 1935 Jewish Olympics...Presumed lost in action during World War II and the Millrose Games renamed the 880 as the Abe Rosenkrantz Memorial 880... Reports of his death were wrong and Abe was the starter at the first and only Abe Rosenkrantz Memorial 880. BOB ROWLAND (1952-54). Linclon Park, Michigan. Threetime All-Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and two-time All-American...The 1952 and 1953 IIAC Champion, 1954 IIAC Runner-up and won 14 of 15 dual meets during his last three years. JOHN SCHULZE (1977) Linden, Michigan. John had only one year EMU after transferring from Mott Community College, and he made it a good one...All-CCC and All-District selections and was fourth in the MAC. DAN SHAMIYEH (1979-82) Freeland, Michigan. Dan was three-time All-MAC and All-District in 1981...In track he ran on the Distance Medley Relay team that won the 1984 NCAA Championship...Best times of 3:43,71, 8:40.07 (2 mile), 13:55.28 and 29:44.59. DAVE SMITH (1974-75) Wayne, Michigan. Dave was a Junior College All-American at Henry Ford Community College...In 1974 at EMU, he was All-CCC and All-District, seventh in the MAC and was 24th at the NCAA meet, making All-American honors...In 1975 he won the MAC, was AllCCC and All-District and qualified individually for nationals... Indoor Track All-American who had best times of 14:15.12 and 28:48.94.
MARK SMITH (1981-84) Cadillac, Michigan. A three-time Class B state cross country champion at Cadillac High School, Mark was the second of four runners to make AllMAC four times...All-District twice and All-CCC in 1983...In track he set the MAC Outdoor record with eight individual titles (four steeplechase, two each at 5,000 and 10,000)...A two-time All-American in the steeple, he finished fourth in the event and just missed making the 1984 U.S. Olympic team...Best times of 29:0.49 (SC), 29:30.73, 14:04.4, 8:55.94 (2 mile) and 3:50.24. GAVIN THOMPSON (2001-2003) West Sussex, England. Thompson won back-to-back MAC Championship in 2002 (23:50.2) and 2003 (23.39.9)... In 2002, he also finished second at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (30:27.8) and 12th at the NCAA Championships (29:51.40) and earned All-MAC, All-Region and All-American honors...Thompson won his first NCAA Great Lakes Regional title (30.12.0) in 2003. CLINT VERRAN (1993-97) Lake Orion, Michigan. Clint was a state Class A individual Gavin Thompson champion in high school...While at EMU, he earned All-MAC honors his final three years, just missing a fourth title his freshman year...Won the MAC title in 1995 and was All-District in 1997...In 1998, he was AllCCC and All-State twice and was the Co-MVP in the MAC Outdoor, winning the 10,000, Steeplechase and finished second in the 5,000. CARL WARREN (1991-93) England. Moved up to cross country from 800 and 1,500...In 1992 he was All-State, AllCCC, sixth in the MAC and All-District...Had a great year in 1993 winning the Michigan Intercollegiate, CCC and MAC, and was All-District...Best times of 4:05.43, 8:13 (3000), 14:28 and 8:52.41 (steeplechase). DUANE ZEMPER (1939-41) Howell, Michigan. Duane was the second two-time All-American in school history in 1940 and 1941..Two-time All-State and is in the Eastern Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame...Served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was sent by the Air Force to the photography school at Yale University. BILL ZEPP (1933-35) Cadet, Virginia. Billy was All-Central Collegiate Conference and two-time All-State...Won three CCC 2-Mile races during his career and was All-American... Went on to earn a master’s from Wayne State and taught at Hazel Park High School for 27 years.
Joe Caruso crosses the finish line in celebration after winning the 1976 Mid-American Conference Championship.
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