Luck of the Razorbacks

O’Mara helped McDonnell establish track dynasty

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 1:02 a.m.

Frank O'Mara has been elected to the 2013 class of the Arkansas Hall of Fame.

Third in a series previewing the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.


AGE 52

HOMETOWN Limerick, Ireland. Lives in Little Rock.

COLLEGE University of Arkansas. Earned civil engineering degree, master’s in business and law degree at Arkansas.

COLLEGE CAREER Was a three-time track and field All-American and won the 1,500 meters at the 1983 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in his final race for the Razorbacks. ... Won six Southwest Conference titles on relays and individual races.

PRO CAREER Three-time Olympian for Ireland, competing in the 1,500 in 1984 and 1988 and in the 5,000 in 1992. ... Two-time indoor world champion in the 3,000 in 1987 and 1991.

... Personal-bests include 3 minutes, 51.06 seconds in the mile, 3:34.01 in the 1,500, 7:41.14 in the 3,000 and 13:13.02 in the 5,000. ... Competed in 56 countries during a 12-year span.

FAMILY Wife, Patty, sons Jack, Colin and Harry

OCCUPATION CEO Allied Wireless Communications Corporation

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