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Patricia Reisdorfer



The 1976 Adrian (Minn.) High grad was the first woman inducted into the Augustana Athletic Hall of Fame (in 1990).

She lettered in basketball, volleyball and track at Adrian. She ran the mile for the track team but never made it past the region meet.

After high school, she took up running to maintain her health and well-being. In the fall of 1979, while attending Augustana, the cross country coach approached her about joining the team. She explained to the coach that she would run under one condition – that she would be back in Sioux Falls by noon so she would have enough time to go back home to Adrian. The first meet was in Brookings, and she won the event, thus beginning an illustrious career.

She was the Vikings' first female All-American in cross country, finishing 14th at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (a forerunner of the NCAA) national meet in 1979 in Tallahassee, Fla.

In track she set school records at 1,500, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters in 1980. The 10,000 time of 34:44 – still the school record – was set in Eugene, Ore., at the national meet, in which she was 11th overall and the top finisher among Division II runners. That time bettered her previous best, an all-time state collegiate record of 35:37 that she set at the AIAW Region 6 meet in Des Moines, Iowa. During the 1980 Howard Wood Dakota Relays she set a meet record in the 1,500. She also set North Central Conference records in the 3,000 and 5,000 that same month. She set the Jackrabbit 15 (15.2-mile road race) record in 1980 and still holds the record with a time of 1:30:09.

After college, she ran more than a dozen marathons (including the 1987 Boston Marathon) and ran in numerous 5K/10K races (winning many Parke-Davis 5K women's divisions at the annual Association of Military Surgeons of the United States conventions while in the Navy).

 








































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