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Mark Conover: Runner, Warrior

by Trent Merfeld 

Here’s some quick facts on Mark Conover, the head coach of director of track and field/cross country.

– He has coached 27 men and women to Cal Poly top-ten all-time track and field marks

– Conover has led the Mustangs to 12 appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

– Conover has coached the men’s team to four top-20 finishes, including 13th in 2003, 10th in 2004, 13th in 2006 and 11th in 2007.

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Get to Know Mark Conovor

If you weren’t a track and field/cross country coach you would be a: Well I got my master’s [degree] in city planning so that’s maybe what I’d be. Or maybe I’d be a mister mom because I have five-year-old triplets.

Favorite Athlete: It’s very hard to pick one but maybe Lasse Virén, winner of the 5K and 10K in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Favorite Quote: Anything regarding trying to remain positive in life and having a positive attitude.

Also: “Don’t just talk like you want something, act like like you want something.”

Favorite Food: Tacos.

Favorite Drink: Water.

Favorite Artist or Band: The Clash. “The greatest Rock n’ Roll band ever.”

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Profiles


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