Rice University track runner Marty Froelick
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls track and field athlete Marty Froelick, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: When he returned to his car in the Rice Stadium parking lot after his recruiting visit in the spring of 1976, MARTY FROELICK (class of 1981) knew that he has found his university. Froelick’s contribution to the Owl squad was felt immediately. In 1977, he won the SWC championship in the three-mile for coach Bobby May. After suffering through two injury-plagued years, Froelick rebounded to win another conference crown (and all-America honors) in the 10,000 meters in 1981. He also was the recipient of the Emmett Brunson Award as men’s track MVP that same year. His personal best times at Rice were outstanding marks. His best of 14:04.7 in the 5000 meters established in 1978 still ranked him third on the all-time Rice list 15 years after the fact, while his best of 29:14.9 in the 10,000 meters also ranked highly on the Owl charts. As one of the first three runners in Owl history to run the marathon under the two hour and 10-minute mark, Froelick believes that the success he enjoyed after leaving the university was a result of his experiences as a student and athlete at Rice. Froelick ran his first marathon in 1983 in Houston in a fine time of 2:12. Two years later, he was the Houston Tenneco Marathon champion in a time of 2:11. He was selected to run in the Cross Country World Championships as a member of the U.S. national team that same year. In 1987, he ran an exceptional race to win the Twin Cities Marathon in a personal best of 2:10. Froelick later moved to Charlotte, N.C. with his wife and children and worked in the special projects division of the corporate banking group of First Union Bank.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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