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MARK CROGHAN
Event: Steeplechase
Height: 5-9
Weight: 132
PR: 8:09.76 (1993)
Born: January 8, 1968, in Akron, Ohio
Current Residence: Wadsworth, Ohio
High School: Green HS, Greensburg, Ohio '86
College: Ohio State '91
Coach: Lee LaBadie
Agent: Tom Radcliffe
Club: adidas

Career Highlights: Three-time Olympian; four-time USA Outdoor champion; two-time NCAA champion

As a high schooler, Croghan ran 4:12 in the 1600 and 9:20 in the 3200, and captured the cross country, 1600, and 3200 state championships in his senior year. He made his national breakthrough by winning the NCAA steeplechase crown in 1990, when he was only hoping to finish in the top three: 'I realized then that I could take my running to the next level, and possibly even to the Olympics.' He ran his fastest time ever at the World Champs in 1993, despite the fact his shoe started disintegrating after the first water jump...battled anemia for two years between 1998-2000, and began taking medication for an iron deficiency in 2000. Shortly thereafter won events in Oregon (8:23) and Maine (8:22)...On June 6, 2000, Croghan's son Griffin underwent open-heart surgery to repair a birth defect...hobbies include reading, biking, swimming and watching sports on television... married to Kimberly; sons Cameron, born in 1997, and Griffin, born in 1999.

2002: 10th at USA 4 km Cross Country champs (11.39)6th at USA Outdoors steeple (8:29.24)5th in heat at USA Outdoors (8:30.55)2nd at Stanford (8:35.23)best of 8:29.24.
2001: Injured with sore hamstrings during May and April, and was unable to compete at U.S. Championshipsranked #9 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:26.14.
2000: 2nd at Olympic Trials with season best 8:16.20...5th in his heat at Olympics (8:25.88)...ranked #2 U.S. by T&FN... best of 8:11.29 was the best mark by an American.
1999: 5th, USA Champs...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 8:30.08.
1998: Won Owens Classic (8:19.86)...7th in heats at USA Champs (8:40.20)...ended his season after the heats of the USA Champs, bothered by overtraining and tendinitis of the ankle...ranked #2 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:19.86.
1997: Won USA Champs (8:20.86)...6th in World Champs (8:14.09)... 6th in 3000 at USA Indoor (7:57.25)...ranked #1 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:13.19.
1996: Won Olympic Trials (8:18.80)...5th in Olympic Games (8:17.84)...ranked #1 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:17.84.
1995: Won USA Champs (8:17.54)...did not finish semi of World Champs, after falling twice...ranked #1 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:10.43.
1994: Won USA Champs (8:23.47)...3:39.05 PR at 1500m...ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 8:10.56.
1993: 2nd in USA Champs (8:21.37)...5th in World Champs (8:09.76 PR)...4th in GP Final (8:17.31)...ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 8:09.76.
1992: 2nd in Olympic Trials (8:16.87)...7th in semi at Olympic Games...13:44.92 PR at 5000m...ranked #2 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:14.11.
1991: Won USA Champs (8:21.64 PR)...11th in NCAA Indoor 3000...won NCAA (8:22.26 PR)... 3rd in Rome GP (8:10.69 PR)...5th in heat at World Champs (8:29.20)...ranked #2 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:10.69.
1990: Won NCAA (8:36.19 PR) and Big 10 steeple (8:39.15PR)...2nd in USA Champs (8:25.99 PR)... 9th in NCAA Indoor 3000...ranked #2 U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:25.99.
1989: 7th in heats at NCAA...9th in NCAA XC...best of 8:46.07.

11/12/02