Former Nebraska Wesleyan athlete Gary Wasserman was one of four athletes that were selected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Track & Field Athletic Hall of Fame. He will be recognized during an induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, in Claremont, Calif., held in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.
Wasserman, a 14-time USTFCCCA All-American, is the only man in Division III history to win three indoor NCAA 5000-meter crowns – he did so with three straight wins in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Wasserman won the 1992 NCAA Cross Country title and was a three-time All-American in cross country. He was a four-year NCAA scorer in the indoor 5000, outdoor 5000 and 10,000 meters and is one of ten men in DIII history to be a four-time All-American in the same event indoors and outdoors.
Wasserman is in the all-time Division III top ten in the indoor 5000 and outdoor 10,000. The Grand Island, Neb., native still owns three NWU school records (indoor 5,000; outdoor 5,000 and 10,000) and is also the NWU record holder for the cross country team’s 8,000-meter home course at Pioneers Park. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 1992 and 1992. He was inducted into the NWU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Also getting inducted into the Division III Hall of Fame are Leonard Jones from St. Thomas (Minn.), Rhondale Jones from Lincoln (Pa.) and Vera Stenhouse from Tufts.