Mike Stahr

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Mike Stahr (born December 9, 1964) is a former American track and field runner who won the 1982 and 1983 Millrose Games High School mile titles.

High School Career[edit]

Stahr attended Carmel High School, where he was guided by coach Paul Collins. Stahr's first high-profile victory came in the 1982 Millrose High School Mile, where he won in 4 minutes and 13 seconds [1] against a very talented field of All Americans and a group of runners that were later to be considered some of the Best High School Runners ever. After a victory at Millrose in 1982, Stahr came back in 1983 [2] to defend his crown. Going into the race, Stahr talked about breaking the legendary four-minute barrier. But after a first 400 meters in 58.6 seconds, the race became tactical with Stahr and the other leaders choosing to vary the pace. Stahr held off many challenges in the last half mile and held on to win in 4:10. Stahr went on to capture four New York State Mile Championship Titles and ended his high school career with personal bests of: 400m-47 800m-1:50 1000m-2:24 1500m-3:46 Mile-4:06 [3] 2 Mile-9:01.

Collegiate career[edit]

Stahr joined Arizona State University in 1983. As a freshman, he made the finals of the NCAA indoor 1000m with the fastest qualifying time (2:23.19) but fell on the second turn. His time in the trials was faster than the NCAA winner, William Wuyke at 2:24.06.[4] At the Sun Angel Classic he anchored the World Record 4x800 with an official split of 1:45. He was unofficially clocked at 1:44.8 by his coach Len Miller. Their 4x800 team won the Millrose indoor title as well as many other top ranking meets. Still as a freshman he posted a 45.8 relay split. During his sophomore year he came in 4th at the Pac-10 XC regional meet to earn him a spot on the NCAA XC team where he finished 101st. In his junior year he transferred to Georgetown University after becoming frustrated with five coaching changes at ASU. His first year with Georgetown earned him All American in XC among other accomplishments. In 1987 Stahr captured the NCAA Indoor Mile Championship in a time of 4:02 [5] several weeks after his 4x800 anchor leg of 1:46.2 at the indoor BIG East meet. During the outdoor season of '87 he anchored the World Record Distance Medley Relay, running an anchor leg split of 3:54 [6] to carry his team to a time of 9:20.9 seconds, eclipsing the old World Record by two seconds. It still to this day stands as the school record at Georgetown University. [7]

Post-Collegiate Career[edit]

After graduating from Georgetown, Stahr competed in the European Track Circuit. In '88 he qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 800 and 1500 and was 4th in the US Nationals in the 800. Biting off more than he could chew by competing in both the 800 and 1500 at the trials, Stahr raced well but was unable to qualify for the games. In 1992 he qualified for the Trials in the 1500 but was injured two weeks prior to competition and was unable to race. He has been inducted into four Athletic Hall-of-Fames: Carmel High School, PENN Relays, and two D1 Universities (Arizona State and Georgetown University).

Today[edit]

Stahr lives in Oxford, Ohio with his wife and four children. He is a full-time computer programmer, visiting professor at Miami University, and a private coach for all levels of athletes through his website Running2Win.com. He is currently coaching a number of athletes - both internationally and locally. Stahr is the founder and developer of Running2Win.com that offers many services for runners such as a detailed running log, discussion board, mapping features, and many, many more tools built to help the sport.

References[edit]

[Sports Illustrated Article: [1]