Steve Heidenreich


IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (1995)


Steve won track letters in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 and cross county letters in 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1975. He served as co-captain of track and captain of cross country as a senior and won the Big Ten title in the mile in 1975 and went on to earn All-America honors in the event that season. He is the former owner of four IU distance records and first IU miler to break the 4:00 barrier with a 3:59.6 in 1975. He anchored four-mile relay to a world record in 1975 and was a member of six Big Ten championship teams in track and cross country. Steve ranked fourth in the U.S. in the 1,500-meters and a top candidate to make the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team before a near fatal accident in 1976 when he was hit by a car while running, but he came back to run competitively after recovering.