Understanding that training and will power are the keys to victory, Cletus Griffin disciplined himself to run between 14 and 35 miles a day during his four-year (1970-73) career at the University of Akron. As a freshman Griffin established himself as the number one long distance runner with record-breaking performances in the two mile (9:34) and three mile (14:56)0000000 runs. During the next two cross country and track seasons he set marks in the four and five mile course runs, the three mile, six mile and 3000 meter steeplechase. At one time or another, Griffin held every UA long distance record from the one mile to the 10,000 meter runs. At the 1972 NCAA Championships he earned All-American honors by finishing sixth in the 10,000 meter run and in the following cross country season, led UA to an eighth place finish in the NCAA Championship and earned All-American honors in that sport as well. Griffin was inducted into UA's Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.