Rhodes Dean of Admissions is One of "100 Most Prominent Alumni"
Publication Date: 5/10/2010
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has recognized Dave Wottle, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Rhodes, as one of its “100 Most Prominent Alumni.” He is known for his gold-medal performance at the 1972 Olympics 800 meter final and recently was recognized at a ceremony at BGSU.
Wottle took up running after a family doctor suggested he do a sport that would encourage strength. At BGSU, he finished second in the mile run at the 1970 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was hampered by injuries in 1971, but won the 1500-meter at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships the following year. At the 1973 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships he won the mile in a time of 3:57.1, an NCAA record that still stands.
During his memorable win in the 800 meter final in Munich, Wottle immediately dropped to the rear of the field and stayed there for 500 meters, when he started to pass runner by runner to win dramatically by just .03 seconds.
Wottle is the first BGSU graduate to win a gold medal and remains the only one to win a non-team medal.