The University of Wisconsin mens track and field and cross country programs are hosting a reunion in conjunction with the 2008 Big Ten Conference Mens Indoor Track & Field Championships. To celebrate 115 years of Badger track, we will be catching up with some former Badger stars.
In the 115-year history of the Badger track program, Wisconsin has had 15 Olympians, 31 individual NCAA champions, 315 All-America honors and 425 Big Ten individual champions.
Todays profile is of Don Gehrmann, a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic team. Gehrmann was nicknamed Mr. Mile of Wisconsin after winning four straight titles at the Big Ten outdoor meet. He wrapped up his career with a UW record 12 conference titles. Gehrmann was also three-time NCAA champion in the 1,500 meters and mile.
Name: Don Gehrmann
Current residence: Fall River, Wis.
Family: Five children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren
Years at UW: 1946-50
Events competed in: Mile, half mile, mile relay (set Big Ten records in each)
Notable UW accomplishments: As a junior and senior, I won the Wanamaker Mile in Madison Square Garden; selected as the greatest miler in the first 50 years of the Big Ten Conference; also selected at the 100-year anniversary of the Big Ten Conference; only miler to win four straight titles in the outdoor conference meet; set the 1,000-yard world record indoors and outdoors; member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team
Year graduated/degree(s): Graduated in 1950 with a degree in education; also earned a masters degree in educational psychology
Occupation: Retired school teacher and school administrator
Other work (organizations, charities, etc.): Member of the Madison Sports Hall of Fame
What do you remember most about your years at the UW The fellowship and the friends