Schnurr, Tom


One of the most prolific distance runners to come out of Otterbein, Tom Schnurr earned All-American honors five times in three different events over the course of his four-year career. During his senior year (1987-88), Schnurr ran to AllAmerican honors in three events: 10th at the NCAA Division III cross country championships, fifth in the 5000 at the indoor NCAA championships, and fourth in the 10,000 at the outdoor NCAA’s. Schnurr turned in his best All-American finishes with a second in the outdoor 10,000 in 1986 and a third in the outdoor 5000 in 1987. The distance runner earned All-OAC honors 17 times in track and field, winning 12 conference titles. As a senior, he won the indoor 1500 and 5000, and the outdoor 10,000, 1500, and 5000. As a sophomore, he set school records in both the outdoor 5000 (14:25) and 10,000 (30:04), records that stand today. In cross country, Schnurr was a four-time All-OAC performer and four-time national qualifier. He placed second, three times, and third, once, in the OAC meet. He won the NCAA Division III Great Lakes regional in 1987 and finished second in 1986.