Dan Lavitt
Dan Lavitt

Event:
Track & Field, 1977-80

Hall of Fame Class:
2000



Blessed with blazing speed, Lavitt came to MU from Raytown, Mo., and went on to one of the great careers in Tiger track history. Lavitt claimed four Big Eight hurdling titles and was a four-time all-American at three different hurdling events from 1977-80. Lavitt led Missouri to the Big Eight Conference Indoor Championship in 1979 -its first since the national championship year of 1965, and MU's last indoor title. Still holds the school record in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.53 seconds). That was established in 1980 and was the fastest collegiate time in the nation that year - even faster than hurdling legend Renaldo Nehemiah. Lavitt also ran on MU's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team in 1979 that set a world record of 3:12.5. That has since been broken, but it still stands today as the MU record. Highest finish at the NCAAs was 3rd in 1980 (indoor 60-yd. high hurdles). Resides in Columbia.

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