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Dead Person of the Day November 14 – Wes Santee

0 Comments 14 November 2011

What a sad story we’ve got here folks.The A.A.U sound like a bunch of jerks if you ask me. But I think Santee has a point. Given the rigors of his schedule with college athletics he was clearly at a disadvantage. Although in light of recent issues going on in college athletics this seems relatively minor in severity. Either way, how bout them shorts eh?

Today’s obit comes from the NYT.

David Wesley Santee (March 25, 1932 – November 14, 2010)

Wes Santee, a record-setting track star who never ran the sub-four-minute mile expected of him and whose running career was ended by a suspension for accepting too much expense money, died Sunday at his home in Eureka, Kan. He was 78. The cause was cancer, his daughter, Susie, said.

Santee’s running accomplishments included American outdoor records of 4 minutes 0.6 seconds and 4:00.5 in the mile, a world indoor record of 4:03.8 in the mile and a world outdoor record of 3:42.8 at 1,500 meters. He was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2005. But he was probably best remembered for what he did not accomplish.

In the early 1950s, many experts predicted that the four-minute-mile mark would soon be broken and that three runners — Roger Bannister of England, John Landy of Australia and Santee, a University of Kansas senior — had the ability to do it. Continue

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