Frank Shorter

Frank Shorter

Class of: 1993

Sport: Track and Field

Team: US Olympics

School: UF

Frank Shorter was ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Rankings in Marathon racing from 1971 to 1976. His greatest recognition was that he was a marathon runner. In 1969, he won the NCAA 10,000 meter race during his senior year at Yale. Also, in 1970, he won his 1st U.S. National titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter race. After graduating from Yale, he attended the University of Florida to pursue a law degree and to train with Jack Bachelor, at the time known as the best distance runner and also a member of the Florida Track Club. Shorter was a four-time U.S National cross country champion in 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1973. In the 1971 Pan American Games, he won the 10,000 meter and marathon. Frank was a four-time winner of the Fukuoka Marathon in 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974. He was the only American to win 2 medals in an Olympic Marathon Event. In 1972, he won the gold in marathon in Munich, Germany after getting 5th in the 10,000 meter final. Shorter received the James E. Sullivan award for top amateur athlete. In 1984, he was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame and in 1989 he was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.