World's Premier Miler in the 1950s Passes Away

Posted by | November 17, 2010 | News & Events | No Comments
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (Head Track and Field Coach of the Quantico Marines); Wes Santee (Kansas); Everett Trader (Occidental); Bill Taylor (USC); and Cordell Brown (Utah State).  The above pictured individuals composed the best mile relay team in the United States in 1956.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (Head Track and Field Coach of the Quantico Marines); Wes Santee (Kansas); Everett Trader (Occidental); Bill Taylor (USC); and Cordell Brown (Utah State). The above pictured individuals composed the best mile relay team in the United States in 1956.

Wes Santee, a Kansas track star, Olympian, and member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, died Sunday, 14 November 2010, at the age of 78 after a fight with cancer.

Wes Santee was the American record holder in the mile during a time when the world’s greatest milers all vied to break the four minute barrier in the one mile race. Those who chased the sub four minute mile included the British miler Roger Bannister, who was the first to actually succeed. Bannister was immediately followed by the Australian miler John Landy.

While Santee never did break 4-minutes, he did set four American records in the mile and wound up with a lifetime best of 4:00.5.

Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich had the privilege of coaching Wes Santee during those years as they both served in the United States Marine Corps.

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