Prefontaine, 145, winning the Nov 19, 1973 NCAA Cross Country Championships 6 mile race in a time of 28:14.8, at Hangman Valley, Spokane Washington, with Nick Rose (finished 2nd in background), University of Oregon athletic media services photo.
This was the third of three NCAA XC championships won by Pre. He won in 1970, 1971, and 1973. He remains the all-time highest-finishing NCAA XC championship top-ten winner, with four such finishes--he placed third in 1969. The six-mile distance was run 1965 to 1975. The NCAA XC race has run the 10,000 meter distance 1976 to the present (6.21 miles). Four miles was the distance run 1938 to 1964.
By the time he finished his career at Oregon University Pre had won seven NCAA national titles: Three in cross country, 1970, 1971, (he did not compete in the fall of 1972) and 1973 and four in the three-mile in track, ‘70, ‘71, ‘72, and ‘73. Prefontaine was the first athlete to win four consecutive NCAA track titles in the same event.