Steve Prefontaine has been chosen as the new member of the Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame

Steve Prefontaine has been chosen as the new member of the Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame ...

In its first class, the newly established Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame will feature a familiar face.

Steve Prefontaine, an Oregon legend for distance running, was announced on Thursday as a member of the first class for the Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame, which is being organized by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Prefontaine gained three NCAA titles in cross country and four titles in the three-mile/5,000 meters in track and field during his career as a Duck. He was the first college athlete to win four NCAA titles in a single event.

Prefontaine held every American record between the 2,000 and 10,000 meter courses, as well as between the two mile and the six mile races at an unintention.

While competing for Marshfield High School, Prefontaine served as a two-time Oregon state champion in cross country and a three-time track and field state champion.

Prefontaine won a gold medal in the 5,000-meter race during the 1971 Pan American Games. He competed in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, finishing fourth in the 5,000-meter race.

The hall of fame inductment will take place at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene. The event is scheduled for June 6 at 7:30 p.m., just days before the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place at Hayward Field.

The Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame's entire inaugural class includes:

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