Rice University track runner Jeff Wells
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls track and field athlete Jeff Wells, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: If ever there was a student who made the most of his years at Rice both as an athlete and academician, it would be JEFF WELLS. He came in from Madisonville High in 1972 as a walk-on runner whose schoolboy best time was a 4:32 in the mile. He left in 1976 with a B.A. in history and all-America awards both in track and cross-country. He continued his successful running career following graduation and also enjoyed a wonderful life in the ministry. The one accomplishment that made Wells a true international star was his close second (by only two seconds) to Bill Rogers in the 1978 Boston Marathon, the closest finish ever of that event to that point. While he may be most famous for his second-place finish, Wells had marathon wins to his credit in Honolulu, Stockholm, Auckland, Eugene, Houston and Dallas. Wells was an all-America in track and cross country three straight years from 1974 to 1976, won the SWC cross county title in 1973 and 1974 and the SWC three-mile race in 1975. His personal best for the 5,000 meters was 13:31.0 set in Helsinki in 1978, and he had a best of 28:12.0 for the 10,000 meters at the 1980 Olympic trials. His best time in the famed Boston Marathon was 2:10.15. Well graduated cum laude in history and won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, which he used while getting his master’s in theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary in 1981. He became a pastor intern in Oregon while training for the Olympic trials and later opened his own church in The Woodlands.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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