Lamar: The Track Star

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be among the 2011 inductees into the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame.
Before the Republican was elected governor of Tennessee and pursued a bid for U.S. president, he ran track for the Commodores while pursuing his bachelor’s degree.
Alexander set a school record with a run of 42.7 in the 440-yard relay in 1961 in a race against Tennessee, a school where he would serve as president from 1988-1991. He also competed in the mile relay and 440-yard dash for the Commodores.
Alexander, who walked 1,000 miles across the state of Tennessee during his campaign for governor in 1978, was included on the NCAA’s “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” list in 2006.

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