Honoree

Bob Kennedy

AWARDS

IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (2002)
Olympians (1996)
Men's Track and Field
United States of America
Location: Atlanta
Event: 5,000-M-Run
Olympians (1992)
Men's Track and Field
United States of America
Location: Barcelona
Event: 5,000-M-Run
Finish: 5th

BIOGRAPHY

A 1992 and 1996 Olympian, Bob Kennedy was an indoor All-America selection from 1989-92 and an outdoor All-America choice in 1990 and again in 1992. A winner of 16 Big Ten track titles, Kennedy was the NCAA indoor mile champion in 1991 and won the NCAA outdoor 1,500-meter championship in 1990. In cross country, Kennedy was a four-time All-American and the Big Ten champion from 1998-90 as well as 1992. He began and ended his cross country career winning NCAA titles in 1988 and 1992. He still owns the top 8K time on the Indiana University cross country course with a time of 23:03.5 and is listed first all-time in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:22.17. The IU Male Athlete of the Year in 1991, he went on to set American records in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

"The Indiana University Athletic Department and the Track and Cross Country Team's staff were major players in helping me to blossom and become the best athlete that I could be. Sam Bell was one of the preeminent middle distance and distance coaches in the world and was the major factor in my rise to success, not only in the NCAA but nationally and internationally. But more importantly, I believe that the athletic, academic, social and cultural experiences I had during my four years as an IU student-athlete made me a better person, a better individual and a better human being than I would have been without them. I am very proud, honored and humbled to be a part of the great Indiana University family."