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Graduating Class2001
High SchoolRockford HS
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Dathan set numerous state and national high school records during this time, notably in the 1600m (4:05.9 SR) 3200m (8:41.10 SR) and in the 5000m (13:44.70 NR). He won back-to-back national titles in the Foot Locker high school championship races in the fall of 1999 and 2000. There was major build-up to the 2000 championships due to the impending clash between Ritz, Webb, and Hall. Ritz scored a resounding victory over Webb and Hall in Orlando, Florida, running the 5k course in 14:35. Perhaps more impressive, the previous year he claimed an unexpected national title while setting the course record in 14:29. As a senior in high school he set the Michigan high school 5k record of 14:10 at state finals; second place was 15:05. His final cross country race in high school was at the IAAF junior world cross-country championships in Ostend Belgium where he won a bronze medal.[3]

10 National Championship victories, (more than any other distance runner I could find.)


1999, 2000 Foot Locker


1999 Outdoor 2-mile, DMR

2000 2-mile (MR), 4 x mile, DMR (MR)

2001 2-mile (MR)


2000 2-mile (MR), 4 x mile

Entry DateDecember 6, 2017