Anyone who has spent any time around the Ashland University track and field program has heard this phrase – "Tradition Never Graduates."
And while Drew Windle in fact is an Ashland University graduate, he continues to build upon the tradition he has forged as not only the top 800-meter runner in Eagle men's history, but, now, as one of the top men's 800 runners in the United States.
On Sunday (June 25) at the USA Track & Field 2017 Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Windle finished third in the men's 800, crossing the finish line in 1:44.95. Not only was that a personal-best time for the former Eagle, it also punched his ticket as a member of Team USA for the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, August 4-13 in London, England.
Windle placed himself throughout the Ashland track and field record book, winning eight NCAA Division II national championships – six combined indoors and outdoors in the 800 run, one indoors in the 4x400 relay and one indoors in the distance medley relay.
He is a 15-time All-American, and still claims school records in the indoor 800 run (1:46.52), as part of the indoor 4x400 relay (3:09.38) and the indoor DMR (9:49.14), and the outdoor 800 run (1:46.91).
Windle was the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) men's indoor track and field athlete of the year in both 2013 and 2014, and was the Ashland male 2014-15 Student-Athlete of the Year.