MARK COVERT
Cross Country / Inducted Oct. 15, 2015

Since 2012, Cal State Fullerton’s flagship cross-country event – The Mark Covert Classic – has been named for perhaps the greatest competitor in the history of the program.

After two years at L.A. Valley College, runner Mark Covert transferred to Fullerton where he immediately made his presence felt, winning the 1970 NCAA Division II Individual Cross-Country title while leading the Fullerton team to a second-place overall finish behind champion Eastern Michigan.

A year later, the Titans took home that Div. II national championship for themselves led by Covert, who earned All-America honors in both the three- and six-mile categories.

In 1972, Covert competed at the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials where he placed seventh with a time of 2:23.35. He would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Fullerton in 1973 and eventually obtained a masters degree from Cal Lutheran in 1979.

Along with his accomplishments in competition, Covert gained national notoriety by running at least one mile every day for 45 years, which has been certified by the U.S. Running Streak Association as the longest streak in United States history and is believed to be the second longest streak in the world. Covert’s streak began on July 23, 1968 when he was 17 and covered more than 140,000 miles in that span. On July 23, 2013, Covert ended his streak due to a nagging right foot injury after 16,437 consecutive days.

He was also the first runner to wear a pair of Nike running shoes across the finish line of a race. Per his “sponsorship agreement,” Covert earned the pair of shoes he ran in plus two Nike shirts with his name printed on the back.

He currently serves as the Cross Country and Track and Field head coach at Antelope Valley College, a position he has held since 1990.  In his time there, Covert has coached nine conference champions and a state champion in cross country along with three conference title holders and nine state champions in track.

 

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Sun Feb 25
10:00 AM
Cal State Fullerton
at Santa Clara
-2
Sun Feb 25
11:30 AM
Cal State Fullerton
vs. California
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
-2
Sun Feb 25
12:00 PM
Houston
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Sun Feb 25
2:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
vs. Arizona St.
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
-2
Tue Feb 27
6:00 PM
UCLA
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Wed Feb 28
6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at CSUN
TV: ESPN3
-2
Thu Mar 01
1:30 PM
Azusa Pacific
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Thu Mar 01
5:00 PM
Florida
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic
-2
Thu Mar 01
7:00 PM
UC Davis
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Fri Mar 02
4:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Tulane
-2
Fri Mar 02
5:00 PM
Stanford
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic
-2
Fri Mar 02
7:30 PM
Iowa
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic
-3
Sat Mar 03
All Day
vs. RCC, UCR, Pepperdine Quad Meet
@ Riverside, Calif.
Riverside Community College
-2
Sat Mar 03
2:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UC Irvine
TV: ESPN3
-2
Sat Mar 03
2:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Tulane
-2
Sat Mar 03
3:00 PM
Hawai'i
at Cal State Fullerton
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
-2
Sat Mar 03
7:30 PM
Fresno State
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic
-2
Sun Mar 04
11:00 AM
Cal State Fullerton
at Tulane
-2
Sun Mar 04
4:30 PM
Michigan St.
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic
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