Don Gehrmann gave an early hint of what kind of distance runner he would become when he won the state cross country championship in 1945 as a high school runner. From there, Gehrmann went on to great things as a member of coach Tom Jones' legendary teams at the University of Wisconsin.
Gehrmann was the only runner in Big Ten history to win the conference mile championship four times. He won the coveted Wanamaker Mile at Madison Square Garden in 1949. Gehrmann generally was considered one of the most dominant distance runners of his time.