John Gregorek

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John Gregorek
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1960-04-15) April 15, 1960 (age 56)
Huntington, New York
Sport Track
Event(s) 1500 meters, Mile, 3000 meters steeplechase, 5000 meters
College team Georgetown
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 meters: 3:35.3[1]
Mile: 3:51.34[1]
3000 meters: 7:42.18[1]
3000-m steeple: 8:18.45[1]
5000 meters: 13:17.44[1]

John Gregorek (born 15 April 1960) is an American former middle-distance runner who competed in the Summer Olympics in 1980 (boycotted) and 1984.[2] His son, John Gregorek Jr., is a competitive middle-distance runner.[3]

Running career[edit]

High school[edit]

Gregorek attended St. Anthony's High School, for which he competed in cross country and track.[4] By the time he graduated high school, he was the fastest high school runner in the United States in 1978, posting times of 4:05.4 in the mile and 8:50.7 in two miles.[3]


Gregorek attended Georgetown on an athletic scholarship. Already in his sophomore year he made the US Olympic team for the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott, as a 3000-m steeplechaser. On April 23, 1982, Gregorek was the anchor of the Georgetown distance medley team which ended Villanova's 16-year DM streak at the Penn Relays, effectively beating Villanova's anchor and celebrated runner Ross Donoghue by two meters.[5]


Gregorek represented the United States at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics, ran the second heat of the 5000 meters and recorded a time of 14:01. He did not make it past the first round. In 1992, Gregorek finished third in the 1992 US Olympic Trials for the 5000 meters, but did not appear at the 1992 Summer Olympics.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e All-Athletics. "Profile of John Gregorek". 
  2. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Malinowski, Bill. "A Family's Passion, A Son's Success". 
  4. ^ Caulfield, Brian. "A Race to Faith". 
  5. ^ [1] Litsky, Frank. The New York Times: Georgetown Ends Villanova's Streak (English) 24 April 1982
  6. ^ [2] Track and Field Statistics - USA Olympic Trials -Men's - New Orleans 1992