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Fred Breidenbach

Few knew much of Frederic “Chip” Breidenbach when he walked on with the Kent State track team in 1974. Four years later he walked away as one of the university’s top student-athletes ever. He began to hone his skills in 1975 as a member of Kent’s Mid-American Conference outdoor championship team and also with the Junior AAU Team USA, which competed against the Soviet Union. Then in 1975, Breidenbach won his first of two Indoor All-American honors in the 35-pound weight throw, also winning the MAC title. He repeated as an All-American and MAC indoor champ in 1978, and captured the MAC outdoor titles in the hammer throw in 1977 and ’78. Making his titles even more rewarding was the fact the Breidenbach overcame numerous knee, foot and hip injuries. Breidenbach not only captained the 1978 Kent track team, but was also president of KSU’s Captains Council, and received the George J. Aultmann Award as the outstanding senior man in physical education. He finished his Kent career with eight track letters – four indoor and four outdoors. Breidenbach was inducted into the Kent State Varsity K Hall of Fame in 1991.

Inducted 1996 | Track & Field