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She was a five-time world cross-country champion, won places on two U.S. Olympic teams, is the holder of 14 national titles and once held the world record for the 3,000 meters.
Heritage


"I’m one of those people who will be looking forward to retirement, because that will mean that I can run all I want whenever I want."

-- Doris Brown Heritage,
Hall of Fame Inductee, 2002

Heritage

The long-time coach at Seattle Pacific University, Doris Brown Heritage has always been on the leading edge of her profession. For the past 22 years she has been the head coach of cross-country at Seattle Pacific, and she’s now in her 35th year as part of the university’s coaching staff. She is a five-time world cross-country champion, won places on two United States Olympic teams, is the holder of 14 national titles and once held the world record for the 3,000 meters.

As a demonstration of her accomplished versatility, at one point in her career she held every women’s national and world record from 440 yards up through one mile. But the longer the distance the more dominant she became. Her first world cross-country title came in 1967, and it started an extraordinary five-title streak. In 1971 she finished second in the Pan-American Games 800-meter race.

Still, it may be as a coach and administrator that her greatest contributions have come. In 1988 she became the first woman to be elected to the IAAF Cross Country and Road Race Committee. Her Seattle Pacific cross-country teams have placed in the top ten at national meets nine times and SPU has won the Pacific West Conference women’s championship numerous times. Eighteen of her cross-country runners have earned All-America status and as assistant coach for the track and field team she has helped seven women win AIAU and NCAA titles at distances ranging from 800 to 10,000 meters.

She was inducted into the U.S.A. Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1990.

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