Tom Ansberry. Joe Patronite / Arizona Daily Star file photo

The Santa Rita High School two-time state champion won the 1984 Pac-10 cross country title, was twice an All-American (1983 and 1984) in the 10,000 meter NCAA finals, and the top finisher for Team USA as an Arizona sophomore in the World Championships in Italy. During his junior season, he was eighth at the U.S. Olympic Trials at 10,000 meters.


Greg graduated from Utah State, worked at two Utah newspapers, the St. Petersburg Times, the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon and moved to Tucson to cover UA football and baseball. He became the Star's sports columnist in 1984.