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  John Mason  
 
    • The state indoor champion in the mile in 1963 at Phillipsburg High School
    • His school records at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meter steeplechase are the two oldest school records still on the books at FHSU for the outdoor season
    • A fourteen-time All-American at Fort Hays State in track and cross country
    • An eight-time NAIA national track champ
       
           
      Mason, John
      Inducted 2009

      Born: December 29, 1945 – Hays, Kansas

      Graduated: Phillipsburg H.S., 1964; Fort Hays State College, 1968

      College Career

      Small college, large college … NAIA school, NCAA program, it didn’t matter to John Mason of Phillipsburg, Kansas. Mason was simply unbeatable as a cross country runner for the Fort Hays State Tigers during his junior and senior seasons in 1967 and ’68, and he competed against runners from larger four-year schools on a regular basis. During those two seasons, Mason competed in 21 cross country meets, and won them all – 21-0. He claimed the Missouri Valley AAU cross country championship, as well as the NAIA national championship and the Central Intercollegiate Conference title. He also won seven of nine races as a sophomore in 1966 and finished second in the two races he didn’t win. Mason was a fourteen-time All-American at Fort Hays State in track and cross country. He was an eight-time NAIA national track champ in addition to his national cross country titles.

      Records

      His school records at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meter steeplechase are the two oldest school records still on the books at FHSU for the outdoor season. He still holds the indoor mile record of 4:03.8 set in 1969 and he was part of the school’s record two-mile relay team, whose 1966 record still stands. Mason, who later ran for the Pacific Coast Track Club, ran the mile under four minutes numerous times in his career and was a finalist in the 1968 U.S. Olympic trials.

      High School and International Competition

      Mason won the 1968 World Games in the 1500 meters in Stockholm, defeating Kip Keino of Kenya who went on to win the event in the Olympics later that year.  During his days at Phillipsburg High School, Mason won the Class A mile run at the 1963 State Outdoor and the 880-yard run in 1964. He was also the state indoor champion in the mile in 1963. Mason was named to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2014.

      Click here to see John's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech