100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 25

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Rob Mango (Illinois, 1973, track & field)
Mango was a runner who became an internationally exhibited painter and sculptor based in New York. During his collegiate career, he became the first Illinois men's track & field athlete to win an NCAA title, winning the two-mile relay crown in 1972. Mango was a three-time Big Ten champion in the 880-yard run, winning the indoor and outdoor titles in 1972 and taking home the indoor crown the next year. In the Illinois record book he ranks first in the two-mile run and fourth in the 800-meter run.

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