Nancy Ditz

Nancy Ditz was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team and was twice ranked the top U.S. marathoner by Track & Field News. Ditz had victories in the Los Angeles Marathon (twice), Sydney’s City to Surf (three times) and the San Francisco Marathon, among others.

A 1976 Stanford graduate, Ditz did not begin to run competitively until the age of 25. She qualified for the Olympic Games with a second-place finish in the 1988 Olympic Marathon Trials and was the first American finisher at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul (17th place with a time of 2:33:41). She also represented Team USA at the IAAF World 15K team championships (bronze medals in 1985 and 1986) and finished 7th at the 1987 IAAF World Marathon Championships.

Ditz was a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, in addition to being a color-commentator for a variety of major television networks. She has served on various boards and committees at Stanford and was the meet director of the annual U.S. Open track meet at Stanford. Ditz was a long-time board member at USA Track & Field and World TEAM Sports.

Ditz’s husband, Bruce Mosbacher, was a goalkeeper on the Stanford soccer team; their son, Jack Mosbacher, was a member of Stanford’s baseball team; and daughter, Emily Mosbacher, is a member of the Harvard Women’s Soccer Team.