Monday, March 10, 2014

Vol. 4 No. 14 Miles Eisenman Oklahoma State RIP

Miles Eisenman,  Oklahoma State Aggie Distance Runner recently passed away.  He was one of the top distance runners of his day in the Big 8 Conference and at the national level  .  Miles was a  contemporary of Billy Mills, Gail Hodgson, Bill Dotson and many others. His best finish in the NCAA Cross Country nationals was 12th in 1959.

The following is the obituary for Mr. Eisenman from the Napa Valley Register.
Miles Alan Eisenman  of Calistoga California, passed away at home on February 26, 2014 surrounded by family. His wife Karen Eisenman of almost 50 years, was by his side as the winds howled and the lightening and thunder escorted Miles to Heaven. Miles was born in Portland Oregon, July 9, 1938 to the late Walter and Edythe Eisenman. They soon relocated to Monolith, California where he and his siblings lived until moving to Tehachapi where he graduated high school. His budding high school running career culminated in a 1956 State Meet appearance gaining him an audience with legendary Bakersfield Junior College coach John Collins. As a Bakersfield JC Renegade, Miles helped his team earn a National JC Championship defeating perennial champion Mt. Sac and rewriting the Bakersfield distance record books. Miles went on to run for Coach Ralph Higgins at Oklahoma State University earning All American status in 1959 in Track and Cross Country. His running career culminated in an appearance at the 1960 USA Olympic Track and Field Trials at Stanford, California. Miles came back to California after graduating from OSU with a degree in Zoology, to obtain his Master of Theology degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley. This is where he met and married his wife Karen and began their 50 years together. They relocated to Calistoga where he pastored several small churches, established a landscape business, and where Miles and Karen raised their three daughters. Throughout his life, Miles generously shared his knowledge of the Bible, the outdoors, and running. 

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