April 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - Former track & field All-American and Hoya standout Mike Stahr (C'88) is part of the Penn Relays Wall of Fame Class of 2014 as announced by the Penn Relays today. Stahr is the third individual Georgetown athlete to be named to the Wall of Fame and this is his second honor as the Georgetown 1987 men's distance medley relay (DMR) team was inducted to the Wall of Fame in 2007.
Stahr is an individual member of the Class of 2014 following an illustrious track career that spanned his days from Carmel High School in New York, through his time on the Hilltop and beyond with the New York Pioneers. He is a five-time Penn Relays champion, twice winning the boys mile while at Carmel and anchoring the 1987 Championship of America Men's DMR for the Hoyas, a world best and American, collegiate and Penn Relays record when established. He followed that up one year later anchoring the Blue & Gray's 1988 Championship of America Men's 4x800-Meter Relay. While running with the New York Pioneers the following year, Stahr picked up his fifth Penn Relays title, winning the open mile.
"There are many moments in my life that stand out when I reflect back on my running career," Stahr explained. "Competing at the Penn Relays, proudly wearing my Georgetown jersey, is one of the greatest. Whenever a GU athlete steps out onto the Franklin Field track they should be equally as proud to be part of an amazing track event while wearing the Hoya uniform."
Georgetown track & field has two relays inducted in to the Wall of Fame, including the 1987 DMR that Stahr anchored (running the 1,600-meter leg) behind leadoff John Trautmann, Darren Outler and Miles Irish. That relay was part of the Class of 2007 and is the second GU relay on the Wall of Fame along with the 1925 Georgetown two-mile relay made up of Eddie Swinburne, Johnny Holden, Willie Sullivan and George Marsters.
Stahr is the third Hoya individual inductee to the Wall of Fame following Arthur Duffey, a three-time Penn Relays champion on the Hilltop, who was inducted with the Class of 1999. John Trautmann ('91) was part of the Wall of Fame's Class of 2002 following his career with Monroe-Woodbury High School, Georgetown and Team adidas. While on the Hilltop, Trautmann led off the 1987 DMR, anchored the 1990 Championship of America Men's DMR and anchored the 1991 Championship of America Men's 4x1,500-Meter Relay, an American Collegiate record when established.
In addition to consecutive Penn Relays championships on the Hilltop, Stahr was a national champion in the men's mile in 1987, running 4:02.33. He was a four-time All-American for the Hoyas with two honors in the indoor mile (1987, 1988) in addition to one honor in the outdoor 1,500-meter run (1988) and one in cross country (1986).
Stahr owns four GU school records, three coming from his 1987 and 1988 Penn Relays championships. He set the record for the men's outdoor 1,500m relay carry, splitting 3:39.8, as the anchor of the 1988 Penn Relays Champion 4x800m relay team. Stahr's 3:54.9 split as the anchor for the 1987 Penn Relays Champion DMR team is the men's outdoor 1,600m relay carry school record. The team's time (9:20.96) still stands as the Georgetown record in the distance medley relay. Rounding out his records, Stahr is the record holder in the men's indoor 800m relay carry with a split of 1:46.8 in the men's 4x800m relay at the 1987 BIG EAST Championships.
The four-time All-American is also part of the prestigious Sub-Four Club on the Hilltop for all those who have run a sub-four-minute mile. Stahr is part of an elite group comprised of just six athletes who have combined for 12 sub-four times in GU's rich tradition. Stahr has thrice run the mile under four minutes, twice during the outdoor season, once at Penn Relays (3:58.19) and the second time in Eugene (3:59.20), and once during the indoor season at Boston University (3:58.79).
The Hoyas will compete at the 120th Running of the Penn Relays Carnival later this month from Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.