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Henry Marsh Athlete Profile

Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh
Hall of Fame: 1988

  • 1988 Men's Track & Field


  • 1976 USTFCCCA Cross Country
  • 1976 USTFCCCA Steeplechase
  • 1977 USTFCCCA Steeplechase
  • 1978 USTFCCCA Cross Country
  • 1978 USTFCCCA Steeplechase

1988 Hall of Fame Inductee

Star-crossed is a phrase often used when describing the athletic career of steeplechaser Henry Dinwoodey Marsh.

The four-time Olympian and five-time All-American has risen above illness and injury, defeat and discouragement to succeed.

He set the American record four times and was ranked three times as the number one steeplechaser in the world in 1981, 1982, and 1985.

Henry, 5'10", clocked his best time when he last set the American record in 1985, 8:09.17, at Koblenz, West Germany, which was then the fifth best time ever in the world.

Spectators in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada, South Korea, and the United States have been entertained by Marsh's hurdling technique and tenacity in the steeplechase.

Marsh was a two-time World Game Champion and nine-time U.S. National Champion. He was a member of three Pan American Games teams and won the 1979 steeplechase gold medal at those games.

He grew up in Utah, Massachusetts, Texas, and Hawaii, before serving a Church mission to Brazil. When he returned from his mission, he emerged from anonymity to stardom. Two of his All-America honors came in cross-country.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholar graduated Cum Laude in economics and pre-law at BYU in 1978, and then graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1981. He is an attorney, has been a television sports commentator, and has hosted a sports fitness program on KSL Radio.

Henry has worked on the prestigious executive board of the United States Olympic Committee and as president of the Athletes' Advisory Council to the USOC. He has also been a consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.