Rudy Chapa

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Rodolfo ("Rudy") Chapa (born November 7, 1957 in Hammond, Indiana) is a Mexican-American businessman who had a successful school career as a runner. He is the son of Mexican immigrants. His father Rodolfo Sr. came to the U.S. as a mechanic through the Bracero program.

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High School Career

While in high school, Rudy Chapa won the Cross-country state championship twice in a row. The first time was in 1974, tying for 1st place in a time of 11:59.8 with fellow schoolmate Carey Pinkowski. The second came in 1975 with a time of 11:46.3. It was during his high school years that he formed part of a trio of runners from his school that all broke 9:00 minutes in the two mile run, which he, Carey Pinkowski, and Tim Keough did in 1975. No other American high school before or since then has matched that feat. In 1976, Chapa first gained fame as one of the U.S.A.'s great high school distance runners, setting the still-standing national high school record in the 10,000 meters, in 28:32<sup>1</sup>. That same year he also won the Indiana state mile in 4:04.20, a time that held the state meet record until 2011, when broken by Center Grove's Austin Mudd.

College

After high school graduation he went out west to run for Bill Dellinger's famous University of Oregon track and field team at Hayward Field. He went on to earn All American status six times in cross country and track and was a member of Oregon's 1977 national...
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