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    Ralph Schultz
    Ralph Schultz

    Contemporary Era:
    2010 Inductee


    Northwestern Big Ten Medal of Honor All-Time Winners

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    One of Northwestern's elite middle distance runners of all-time, Ralph Schultz made headlines around the nation when he tied a world record in the 1,000-yard indoor race at the 1969 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in Champaign. His time of 2:06 tied the world mark held by New Zealand's former Olympic champion Peter Snell at the time. That mark remains the NU and Big Ten record for that race.

    Schultz went on to earn All-America honors at both the 1969 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field events, placing fourth in the 1,000-yard indoor race and then sixth in the 880-yard outdoor race. His time of 1:47.3 in the outdoor event earned him a sixth-place finish. Following the season, Schultz was named Northwestern's Athlete of the Year and also was the recipient of the school's Big Ten Medal of Honor.

    Prior to his senior season, Schultz earned All-America honors at the 1968 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a third-place showing and a time of 1:48.1 in the 880-yard run. Schultz earned a 1967 Big Ten title with a first-place finish in the 880-yard run. A team captain, Schultz spent two-plus years running for the University of Chicago Track Club following graduation. The Evergreen Park, Ill. native was a member of the 2-mile relay team that broke the American record in 1971.