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John Camien
  • In high school was the New York state champion at 800 meters in 1960 and the mile run in 1961
  • Was a two-time NAIA national champion, four-time All-American and three-time conference winner at Emporia
  • Finished third in the mile run at the World Championships in 1963
Camien, John

Inducted 2011

Born: December 23, 1943 - Brooklyn, NY

Graduated: Sewanhaka H.S., 1961; Kansas State Teachers College, 1965

Overview

Kansas is a state noted for legendary middle-distance runners, including John Camien who came halfway across the continent to make his mark at Kansas State Teachers College, now known as Emporia State University.

High School Achievements

As a prep runner at Sewanhaka High School, Camien was the New York state champion at 800 meters in 1960 and the mile run in 1961 and held the state record for the mile run for 20 years. He was named the outstanding high school athlete at the 1961 Penn Relays and finished second in the mile at the prestigious Golden West Invitational in 1961.

College Career

In cross country, Camien was a two-time NAIA national champion, four-time All-American and three-time conference winner at Emporia.  In indoor track, he won eight conference championships alone. During outdoor competition, Camien won eight conference crowns and five NAIA national championships, including the mile run three times and the 1,500 meters once. When he left Emporia State University in 1965, Camien owned the school record for the mile (4:01.84) and 1,500 meters (3:40.04).

International Career & Honors

In 1963, Camien finished third in the mile run at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.  He represented the United States during three other tours of Europe. Camien is also a member of  the NAIA Hall of Fame, Helms Foundation Hall of Fame and Emporia State Athletic Hall of Honor.