MIKE KELLY

Track & Field

Class of 2011

MIKE KELLY The early 1970s produced some of the best distance runners to ever graduate from Antioch. Among the best of the best is Mike Kelly, whose cross-country 3-mile time of 14:46, remains the fastest ever run at a North Coast Section meet by any Antioch High junior. His 14:34 performance for a three-mile cross-country course is the third fastest time ever achieved in Panther history as of 2010. The First Team All-Diablo Valley Athletic League track star had career performances of 4:19.74 in the 1600 meters and 9:34.84 in the 3200 meters, as well as being the league two-mile champion running a 9.39 during 1972-73. The AHS Track and Field MVP also earned the Outstanding Student Athlete Chuck Stapleton Scholarship. In cross-country, Mike was also First Team All-DVAL and AHS MVP as a junior and Second Team All-East Bay as a senior during his high school career between 1970-1973, as well as “Sportsman of the Week” as selected by East Bay Prep Writers Association. In 1970-71, he was ranked as the fastest sophomore cross-country runner in Northern California. Mike earned six varsity letters in track and cross-country, and a seventh for wrestling for the Panthers. The speedy athlete was offered running scholarships from four colleges and accepted a full-ride to run for Utah State University, which he attended between 1977-1980, after serving in the Marine Corps. While in the service, Mike ran for the All-Marine Corps Cross-Country and Track team and competed in the Amateur Athletic Union National Cross-Country Championships. The military veteran successfully transitioned into a student athlete, where he was the Aggie cross-country team’s Outstanding Freshman in 1977 and was MVP in 1978. His top college honors include being a qualifier in the NCAA Division I track championships and being the 3000-meter steeplechase champion of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association Conference. Mike’s time of 8:50.2 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, set in 1979, stood for 30 years until 2009 as the record at Utah State. By 1980, Mike had run the team-best times in both the 5000-meter (15:38.09) and Steeplechase (9:19.31).