On This Day in History | 1972

On this day 46 years ago, Robin Lingle ’60 returned to his alma mater as the assistant coach for the University of Missouri track team. Here is the article from Dave Dorr of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Lingle Named Mizzou Track Aid

Lingle Missouri

Bob Teel, newly-named track coach at the University of Missouri, completed his staff Saturday with the addition of Tiger distance ace Ralph (Robin) Lingle Jr. as assistant coach.

The acquisition of the 30-year-old Lingle boosts considerably the track and cross country program at Mizzou. Lingle has been head cross country coach at Parkway Central High the last three years and has assisted Colt track coach Henle Holmes for the last two years. Lingle’s Colts won the Missouri cross country title last fall.

As an undergraduate, Lingle transferred to MU from the United States Military Academy. In 1965, he won the 1000-yard run in the first National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor meet at Cobo Hall in Detroit and the Tigers surprised everybody by winning the team crown.

In 1964 and 1965, he led Mizzou to team championships in the Big Eight Conference indoor meet, the last league track titles won by the Tigers.

Robin was almost unbeatable in the 1000. His best time of 2:07.3 in the event ranked fifth in the world in 1965 and is still the best by a Big Eight athlete. Five of the nine fastest 1000s in Big Eight history belong to Lingle.

Lingle twice won the mile in the Big Eight outdoor meet and was a two-time champ in the 1000 in the league indoor meet. He also won the outdoor three mile once and the indoor mile twice.

He owns Missou outdoor records in the mile (4:00.3) and 1500 meters (3:42.0) and indoor marks in the 880 (1:50.9), 1000 (2:07.3), and mile (4:03.2).




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