John Wodny

Hometown: Cloquet, Minn.
Sport: Cross Country/Track
Years: 1986-90

John Wodny was the most dominating distance runner in the Western Athletic Conference during his years at UW. Wodny is the only athlete to ever win three WAC individual cross country titles, in 1986, ’87 and ’89. He earned All-American honors in 1986 and 1989. In 1986, Wodny had one of the greatest seasons in Wyoming history, leading the Pokes to a WAC cross country team title and a berth in the NCAA’s where Wyoming finished 16th. He finished 15th in the nation which is the highest finish in school history. He also led the Pokes to another WAC championship in 1987. He was named WAC cross country athlete of the year three times, in 1986, ’87 and `89. On the track Wodny was a specialist in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races. In 1988 he won the 5,000 WAC title and qualified for the NCAA’s in the 10,000 meters. He holds the Cowboy all-time record in the 2-mile run with a time of 8:49.50. He was awarded the 1990 Admiral Land Trophy as UW’s top student athlete

Inducted September 12, 2003