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Mark Crear

Track and Field

Crear
  • 1996
  • 2000

Event: 110-meter hurdles
Height: 6-1
Weight: 189
PR: 12.98 (1999)
Born: 1968, in San Francisco
Current Residence: Valencia, Calif.
High School: Rowland HS, Rowland Heights, Calif. '87
Colleges: Mt San Antonio CC '89, USC '92
Coach: Self
Agent: Renaldo Nehemiah 
Club: God Speed

Career Highlights: 1996 Olympic silver medalist; 2000 Olympic bronze medalist; 1998 Goodwill Games champion; 1994, 1999 U.S. Outdoor national champion; 3-time GP Final winner.

At the 2000 Olympics, Crear became the first man since Roger Kingdom to win two Olympic medals in the 110H. Crear started running as a prep junior when the security guard/track coach at his high school, Frank Gerdine, told him he looked like he should run track. Hampered by a groin injury that first year, Crear ran junior college track while working at UPS. Jim Bush, the USC head coach, spotted his potential and offered him a scholarship. He was coached by Clem Jackson while at USC, and has consulted with former great Tonie Campbell. He has a degree in sociology with an emphasis on business. Took his infant daughter, Ebony, on a triumphant lap around the Olympic Stadium in 1996 after winning the silver medal...broke his arm two weeks before '96 Games...took most of 2002 off to complete doctorate in Christian Theology...as a practicing minister, Crear is a preacher and a counselor...became the father of Mark Crear Jr., on February 14, 2002.

2002: 1st at Lucerne (13.43); did not compete at USA Outdoors; 5th at Prefontaine (13.44); ran 13.36 in Lausanne ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN; best of 13.36. 
2001:
 Did not compete at USA Outdoors; ran 13.26 in Brussels; 13.39 in Poznan on June 86th at Goodwill Games (13.63); 13.42 in Berlin; 13.46 in Zurich on 8/17ranked #8 in world #4 U.S. by T&FN; best of 13.26.
2000: Bronze medalist at Olympic Games (13.22)...2nd at Olympic Trials in 110H (13.11)...2nd at adidas DC Invitational...3rd at U.S. Air Force Millrose Games...1st at GMC Envoy Open...ranked #4 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 13.11.
1999: Won USA Outdoors (13.09w)... dq in qtrs. at World Champs (false start)... won GP Final (13.08)...ranked #1 in world by T&FN...best of 12.98.
1998: 2nd at USA Outdoors (13.06)...won Goodwill Games (13.06)...13.00 PR came at Zurich behind rival Allen Johnson's 12.98...won five GP meets...ranked #1 in world by T&FN...best of 13.00.
1997: 4th at USA Outdoors (13.48)...7th in World Champs (13.55)...won GP Final (13.03)... topped the GP hurdle standings...ranked #2 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 13.03.
1996: Runner-up in Olympic Trials (13.05)... silver at Olympic Games (13.09)...won Paris GP in 13.09, then broke his arm two weeks before Olympics... ranked #2 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 13.05.
1995: Won six Grand Prix meets, including the GP Final (13.07)...finished on top of the GP hurdle standings...2nd in 60H at USA Indoor (7.49 PR)...3rd in semis at USA Outdoors (13.43)...ranked #1 in world by T&FN...best of 13.02.
1994: Won USA Outdoors (13.36)...5th at Goodwill Games (13.50)...3rd in 60H at USA Indoor (7.57 PR)...ranked #3 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 13.07.
1993: 4th in 60H at USA Indoor (7.71)...3rd at USA Outdoors (13.33)...4th in semis at World Champs (13.38) the fastest non-advancing time in history)...4th in GP Final (13.42)...ranked #6 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 13.26.
1992: Won NCAA Outdoors (13.49) and Pac-10 (13.50w)...8th in semis at Olympic Trials (14.09)...ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 13.33.

1991: Did not compete (strained groin).
1990: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (13.65)best of 13.65.
1989: Best of 14.07.
1988: Best of 14.11.
1987: 4th in California HS state 110mH (14.15), 2nd in 300 intermediate hurdles (37.36)best of 14.07 (HS).