Cross Country


Bob Redington – 1965

Bob Redington, who won three consecutive (1964-65-66) SEC mile titles, set back to back school records in 1966 (4:05.0) and lowered the mark one week later in the SEC vs. ACC meet to 4:01.9. He also won SEC indoor 1000 yard run in 1964 and 1965. In 1966 he became the first UT runner to break the 9 minute mark in the two-mile winning both the SEC Indoor and outdoor titles. An accomplished cross country runner as well, Redington was named All-America in 1965 finishing fourth in the NCAA meet and won the SEC individual championship that same year. In all Redington won seven SEC titles during his career. Accomplishments include:

  • Led his 1965 Vols team to third place in the NCAA Championships.
  • First place, 1965 NCAA District 3 Cross-Country Championships, Jamestown, VA.
  • Represented the USA at the 1966 World Cross Championships in Europe
Bob Redington
Bob Redington

Doug Brown – 1972

It is not every year that an athlete like Doug Brown comes along. The track star was “Mr. Everything” in distance running at the University of Tennessee. During his collegiate career, Brown, who was the number-one-ranked steeplechaser in the U.S., held every distance record in Tennessee annals and was All-America four consecutive years (1971 to 1974) in three different events (six mile, steeplechase and cross-country). Brown was also the first Tennessee track man to be on a United States Olympic team. He was SEC Cross Country Champion in 1972 and 1973 and was second in the NCAA in 1972 to lead Tennessee to its first NCAA title. In the indoor two-mile event, Brown was SEC champion in 1973 and runner-up in 1971and 1972 and was sixth-place finisher in the 1973 NCAA.

Outdoors, in 1973 and 1974, Brown set the SEC distance records by winning the three-mile, six-mile, and steeplechase, and in NCAA competition, he was the steeplechase champion in 1973 and 1974. His 1974 steeplechase mark of 8:23.2 still stands atop the Vols All-Time ranking. Brown also set UT records, including the two-mile (8:39.8), three-mile (13:27.4), 5000-meter (14:10.5), six-mile (27:51.6) and 10,000-meter (29:36.7). Brown later served as Head Track Coach from 1986-95. Under his leadership Brown coached teams won 4 SEC Championships and captured the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Title.

  • Two-time Cross Country All-American
  • Runner-up in the 1972 NCAA Championship
Doug Brown
Doug Brown

The Chuck Rohe Track Era

In 1962 the University of Tennessee hired a young track coach, Chuck Rohe. The next nine years, along with the Stan Huntsman era to follow, began the most successful era of SEC track & field and cross-country dominance in the school’s history.

Chuck Rohe