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Minot State Cross Country

The One Person Missing from the List

In the 1870's in Dakota Territory, there was a surveying company that was working their way West to East.   There was a member of that party that went for a brisk walk most nights and usually ended up getting carried away and running a good part of the way, too.   While staying in the Bismarck area, one of the locals told about a young Native American Brave that was known as a fast runner.  The surveyor's friends arranged for a race on a Sunday.   They measured out a mile distance on a flat piece of ground.    The young surveyor and the Brave started out quickly After about 200 yards, it was evident that it was going to be a struggle for the surveyor.   At around 1/4 of a mile, the surveyor was about 6 seconds behind and gasping for breath.   He ran another hundred yards and doubled over with his hands on his knees, looking up after a few seconds at the barefoot figure disappearing in front of him.  The Brave never let up over the measured course.   The surveyor's friends had him at 4 minutes and 11 seconds.

This is a recount of a supposedly true story that I read while I in College.   I remember the time, because it was at the same time that Rob Heen ran his 4:12 mile at State.  It was a second faster than Rob.

I'd like to believe it's true and that the blood of that runner is in one of the people on this list.   If not the blood, then the heart...