Induction Year: 2015
Category: Track & Field
Location: St. Anthony’s
John Gregorek was a two-time USA Olympian in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1980 and 1984 games.
He started his track & field career back at St. Anthony’s, where he was a six-time All-American and went on to Georgetown University, where he was an eight-time All-American. He was also the second fastest miler (3:51) in the history of the United States.
At St. Anthony’s, by the time he graduated, he was the fastest high school runner in the United States in 1978, posting times of 4:05.4 in the mile and 8:50.7 in two miles.
Gregorek represented the United States at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics, ran the second heat of the 5000 meters and recorded a time of 14:01. He did not make it past the first round. In 1992, Gregorek finished third in the 1992 US Olympic Trials for the 5000 meters, but did not appear at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Gregorek moved to Seekonk, Massachusetts, and coached the men’s distance and cross country teams at Brown University for a time.