Dick Buerkle - 1947-2020

6/22/2020
 

 

 
Remembering Dick Buerkle

Career Highlights

Career Best Times
  • 1 mile - 3:54.93
  • 3000m - 7:53.2
  • 2 mile - 8:21.76
  • 5000m - 13:23.20
  • 10,000m - 28:25.0
  • Marathon - 2:21:36
High School (Aquinas Institute - class of 1966)
  • 4:28 (1 mile) and 10:01 (2 mile) in high school—didn’t start running until his senior year at Aquinas Institute (NY)
College (Villanova University - class of 1970)
  • walk-on at Villanova
  • All-American was 3rd in the 2-mile at the 1969 and 1970 NCAA Indoor Championships, 3rd in the Outdoor 3-mile in 1970
  • Member of two NCAA X-Country Championship teams (1967,1968)
Post-College (New York AC - 1971+)
  • 2-time U.S. Olympian - 5000m (1976,1980)
  • 2-time U.S. Champion - 5000m (1974,1976)
  • Ranked #4 in the World in the 5000m (1974) 
  • Ranked #1 in U.S. in the 5000m (1974, 1976)
  • Set a World Indoor 1 mile record - 3:54.93 (1978)
  • Winner of the Wanamaker Mile at the 1978 Millrose Games
  • Beat Steve Prefontaine at 2-miles at the 1974 CYO meet in College Park,MD - Pre’s 1st loss to an American in a distance race since 1970         
Hall of Fames
  • New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame (1993)
  • Villanova University Varsity Club Hall of Fame (1994) 
  • Villanova Stadium Track & Field Wall of Fame (1998)
  • Greater Rochester Track Hall of Fame (2008)