Steve McConkey Timeline / 82-92 USA National Club Rankings / USA Championships Attended



October 19, 1955
Born in Des Moines, Iowa

Fall 61
Dunlap Elementary

Spring 67,68
Field trips to the Drake Relays, a world-class track and field event, in Des Moines

Summer 68
Moved to the Danbury, Wisconsin area after the sixth grade

Fall 68
Webster Junior High School (WI)

Fall 70
Webster High School (WI)

Fall 71
Started distance running. Ran cross country and track.

Spring 74
Graduated with honors from Webster High School (WI)

Winter 75
University of Wisconsin-Superior. Competed in cross country and track.

Fall 77
Minnesota State University, Mankato. Competed in cross country and track.

Spring 80
BS-Community Health with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Summer 80
Married to Liz in North Mankato, Minnesota. They have three married children who earned five university degrees.

Fall 80
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. Steve was a graduate assistant coach for cross country and track. The cross country team finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference with a perfect fifteen points and placed sixth at the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships. The track and field team was first in the OVC indoor and third outdoors.

Spring 81
Master of Science-Public Health with honors from Western Kentucky University

Fall 82
Moved to Eugene, Oregon. Steve became a USA National Club Coach starting with Athletes in Action.

Fall 83
Lay Witnesses for Christ, USA National Club Coach, Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas

Fall 84
Moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Fall 88
Founder and President of 4 Winds USA, USA National Club Coach

Fall 92
Dropped the 4 Winds USA team to minister to all world-class track and field athletes. In summary, from the Fall 1982 through the Summer 1992, Steve was a USA National Club Coach for Athletes in Action, Lay Witnesses for Christ, and 4 Winds USA. Athletes were ranked eighty times.

Winter 00
Started websites. 4 Winds USA created a Christian testimony database on the internet, used by the media and other athletes throughout the world.

Fall 05
Moved to Madison, Wisconsin

Fall 07
Steve took on Chinese officials after reports indicated Bibles would not be allowed in the Olympic village for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was quoted in major worldwide articles with Congress members. Bibles were allowed in the village.

Summer 08
Olympic athlete testimonies were distributed to the Chinese underground church of 100+ million before and during the 2008 Olympic Games. The athletes whose testimonies were distributed won three golds and two silvers. They were able to share their testimonies worldwide. The athletes led Bible studies for the track and field athletes during the Games.

Summer 12
Before the 2012 Olympics, 4 Winds USA stopped collecting testimonies for distribution

Fall 14
4 Winds USA started standing up for Christian athletes in all sports. Steve and Liz have ministered through nine Olympics. He still gives training advice to distance runners.


Steve McConkey is the founder and president of 4 Winds USA. Steve and Liz started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. From 1982 through 1992, Steve was a USA National Club Coach for Athletes in Action (Eugene), Lay Witnesses for Christ (Dallas-Ft. Worth), and 4 Winds USA (Minneapolis-St. Paul). Athletes were ranked eighty times.

In 1992, 4 Winds USA dropped the team and started working with all world-class track and field athletes. In 2014, 4 Winds USA started standing up for Christian athletes in every sport. Steve periodically appears on worldwide radio, in global articles, and on television. He graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University (Master of Science-Public Health) and Minnesota State University, Mankato (BS-Community Health). Current website is

Marks made by foreign and college athletes are not included, plus indoor events that are not contested outdoors. Marks are based on outdoor events ranked by Track and Field News. Athletes in Track and Field News were designated with affiliation abbreviations of AIA, LW, and 4W. AIA marks are in the 1983 annual edition. LW marks from the 1984 through the 1988 editions. 4W marks from the 1989 through the 1992 editions. Relay marks are counted as one ranking, even though there are four athletes on each relay team.

Lay Witnesses for Christ had a team which Steve was the head coach of. Also, LW had a multitude of medalists who worked with the ministry. Steve and Liz did Christian meetings with the athletes. Plus, the athletes had official sponsorship commitments that prevented them from being on the LW team.

Three foreign athletes who were on the LW team were in the 1984 Olympics. They are not in the following Track and Field News rankings. Desmond Morris (Jamaica), 1984 Olympics, HJ (PR 7-5). Greg Rolle (Bahamas), 1984 Olympics, 400H (PR 49.46). Karl Smith (Jamaica), 1984 Olympics, 400H (PR 49.17).

After 1992, Steve did ministry work with world-class track and field athletes. During that time, he advised many athletes without coaching them full-time.

Tom Ansberry- 3000 7:57.89i(88) 5000 13:51.25(91) 13:38.80(92)
10,000 28:59.21(87) 28:42.35(88) 28:28.9(90) 28:12.4(91) 28:48.28(92)
Robbin Bell- 800 2:03.71(83)
Kelly Brooks- Shot Put 66-3/4(83)
Fred Carpenter- Javelin 248-11(83)
Andy Clifford- 1500 3:41.07(83) Mile 4:01.31(83)
Carroll Cobb- Triple Jump 54-8.5(87) 54-4(88) 54-1.25(89) 54-2.5(90) 52-4.75(91) 53-6.25(92)
Rick Fritzemeier- Hammer 204-5(83)
Vernon George- Long Jump 26-11(92)
Ken Glover- High Jump 7-3(83)
Brent Harken- High Jump 7-6.5(87) 7-7(88) 7-7(89) 7-5(90) 7-8.5(91) 7-4.25(92)
Yolanda Henry- High Jump 6-2.25(88) 6-4.25(89)
Leslie Hoerner- Javelin 165-3(83)
Paul Kendrick- Discus 185-10(88)
Matt Kolb- Pole Vault 18-1/2(87) 18-1/2(88) 17-9(90)
Sue Klappa- 10K Walk 52:50(92)
Gordon Laine- Long Jump 25-10.25(84) 26-2(85) 26-7.75(86) 27-1/2(87) 27-3/4(88)
Robin Marks- 400 Hurdles 56.42(84)
Gerald Masterson- 800 1:47.78(84)
Everett McDougal- Triple Jump 51-10(88)
Mel McGinnis- 50K Walk 4:55.00(83)
Deirdre McKinley- Long Jump 21-4.75(88)
Derek McKinley- Long Jump 25-9.5(88) 25-8.5(89) 25-5(90) Triple Jump 52-0(85) 52-7.25(86) 52-2.75(87) 52-10.25(90)
Kevin McKinley- 400 Hurdles 50.75(88)
Ron Perkins- Hammer 211-3(83)
Scott Rider- 800 1:46.99(83)
Dave Sanderson- Pole Vault 17-1(83)
Sam Schick- 20K Walk 1:30.26(83) 50K Walk 4:17.03(83)
Elaine Sundby- Javelin 160-1(83)
Donna Tiegs- Heptathlon 5014(83)
Cary Tyler- Triple Jump 54-0(83)
Chris Walker- Long Jump 25-9.25(90)
Johnny Walker- 800 1:46.86(84)
Larry Weber- 1500 3:43.4(83) Mile 4:00.1(83)
Stan Whittaker- 800 1:47.21(83)
Mike Yonkey- Shot Put 60-7.5(91) Discus 195-8(91)
Charlie Youngren- Javelin 235-7(86) 248-7(87) 234-0(88) 226-6(89) 237-5(90)
Linda Zeman- Marathon 2:34.52(88) 2:39.38(92)

4×400 3:06.8 (Smith, Rolle, Gardner, Hartson) Waco, TX(84)
4×800 7:22.2 (Trott, Clifford, Whittaker, Rider) Modesto, CA(83)
4×1500 15:16.4 (Dotson, Otto, Britz, Weber) Walnut, CA(83)
Distance Medley 9:29.9 (Clifford 2:56.3, Whittaker 46.9, Rider 1:46.5, Trott 4:00.2) Walnut, CA(83)

Tom Ansberry- 10,000 (1988, 1992)
Carroll Cobb- Triple Jump (1988, 1992)
Ricky Cox- Marathon (1984)
Vernon George- Long Jump (1992)
Brent Harken- High Jump (1988, 1992)
Yolanda Henry- High Jump (1988)
Gordon Laine- Long Jump (1984, 1988)
Robin Marks- 400 Hurdles (1984)
Deirdre McKinley- Long Jump (1988)
Kevin McKinley- 400 Hurdles (1988)
Johnny Walker- 800 (1984)
Charlie Youngren- Javelin (1988)
Linda Zeman- Marathon (1984, 1988)

Ken Glover, High Jump (Israel)
Gordon Laine, Long Jump (England and Germany)
Scott Rider, 800 (England and Germany)
Tom Ansberry (World Cross Country, Norway)
Yolanda Henry, High Jump (World Indoor, Hungary), (4 Nations, England), (World University Games, W. Germany)
Carroll Cobb, Triple Jump (8 Nations, Italy)
Brent Harken, High Jump (USA-Great Britain, Scotland)
Tom Ansberry, 10,000 (World University Games, England)


81 Sacramento
82 Knoxville
83 Indianapolis
84 Los Angeles (Olympic Trials)
85 Indianapolis
86 Indianapolis (NCAA)
87 San Jose
88 Indianapolis (Olympic Trials)
89 Houston
91 New York City
92 New Orleans (Olympic Trials)
93 Eugene
95 Sacramento
96 Atlanta (Olympic Trials)
97 Indianapolis
98 New Orleans
03 San Jose
04 Sacramento (Olympic Trials)
05 Los Angeles
06 Indianapolis
07 Indianapolis
08 Eugene (Olympic Trials)
10 Des Moines
12 Eugene (Olympic Trials)
13 Des Moines
18 Des Moines


84 Los Angeles
96 Atlanta

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