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Stan Vannier
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2006 Individual Award Winner


As a cross country runner at Centralia High School in 1972, he finished second individually in the State Cross Country meet behind the great Craig Virgin. Vannier was second in the Sectional meet (to Virgin) as the team placed first. He, as well as the team, captured South Seven championships that year. 

In 1971, he was a member of the CHS team that placed second at the state meet. He placed sixth in the Sectional helping the team to the title. His fifth place finish also helped the team to a South Seven title as well.

In 1972 he teamed with Mike Heitkamp, Charlie Simpson and Paul Reynolds to set the CHS record in the 2-mile relay at 7:49.5.  That record still holds today.

In track at CHS, Vannier still holds records in the 1600 meters (mile) 4:11.0, and 3200 meters (2-mile) 9:11.3. He placed third in the mile at state in 1972 (4:14.0) and was fifth in the two-mile at state in 1973 (9:13.7). 

In District (now Sectional) meets, he grabbed mile titles in 1972 (4:21.8) and 1973 (4:21.4) and was two-mile champ also in 1973 (9:14.7). He was South Seven Mile Champion in 1971 (4:34.4), 1972 (4:23.8), and 1973 (4:25.6) and South Seven two-mile (9:18.1) champion in 1973.

After high school, Vannier attended the University of Missouri competing in the Kansas and Drake relays, as well as the Big Eight Conference cross country and track meets. While there, he set personal bests in the mile and two mile run. 

In 1975, he transferred to SIU-E and while waiting out his eligibility year, he competed in the open division of the mile run at the Kansas Relays. He set personal and school records in cross country (5 mile) and track (1500m 3:50.6 1977) and also qualified for and competed in national championship meets in both cross country and track (1500m).



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