Mike has moved up to the top of Nebraska’s All Time list. Today’s column is dedicated to him as he prepares to run the World Championships Marathon in Daegu on September 4th. His official bio from USATF and a link below:
PR: 2:14:55 (2010)
Born: Feb. 20, 1980
Current Residence: Rochester Hills, Mich.
High School: Lincoln (Neb.) Pius X HS ‘98
College: Nebraska Wesleyan University ‘03
Coach: Keith Hanson, Kevin Hanson
Agent: Keith Hanson, Kevin Hanson
Club: Hansons-Brooks Running Project
Career Highlights: 3-time NCAA Div. III All-American
When Mike Morgan decided to run his first ever competitive marathon he finished in the impressive time of 2:15:11, which was good enough for 15th place (fifth American) at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on October 22, 2006. Morgan would later improve his time and finish in the Chicago Marathon when he ran 2:14:55 in 2010 to place 11th overall. He was previously a member of Team Nebraska-Brooks and attended Nebraska Wesleyan. He was fourth in the 10,000 at the 2003 NCAA Division III Championships. Morgan was a 2005 RRCA Roads Scholar. He manages the Hansons Running Shop in Royal Oak, Michigan. According to the Hansons website, his favorite quote is, “There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools that you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”
2011: 6th at the Shamrock Half Marathon (1:06:31)
2010: 4th at the Rock ‘n Roll Arizona Half Marathon (1:06:09)… 1st at the Shamrock Half Marathon (1:04:56)… 11th in the Chicago Marathon (2:14:55)
2009: 2nd in the Houston Rodeo Run 10k (30:25)… 4th in the International Marathon (2:15:27)
2008: 3rd in the ING Half Marathon (1:05:16)… 3rd in the Austin Half Marathon (1:05:10)… 3rd at the Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon (1:04:06)… 4th at the Twin Cities Marathon (2:17:58)
2007: 12th at Olympic Trials – Men’s Marathon (2:16:28)…14th at USA Half-Marathon Champs (1:04:05)…best of 2:16:28.
2006: 15th at Chicago Marathon (2:15:11)…fifth at USA 25 km Championships (1:17:15)…bests of 2:15:11, 1:17:15.
2005: 49th at World Half Marathon Champs (1:06:40)…8th at USA 20 km Champs (1:01.41); 6th at USA 25…8th at USA Half-Marathon Champs (1:04:48)…Lincoln/All Sport Half Marathon Champ.
2004: 19th at USA 10 km Champs (29:48)…11th at USA Half-Marathon Champs. (1:1:08:26)…Lincoln/All Sport Half Marathon Champ.
And here is a link to a great interview from last week’s Runners World. Peter Gambaccini does a great job asking and Mike has some very illuminating responses. Take a minute to check up on Nebraska’s very own Mike Morgan.