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On This Day In History | 1956

November 3, 2010

The ’56 Ivy League Champions | Sprague (4th from left)

After completing a successful regular season the boys cross country team won the 6th Ivy League Championship in program history and the 2nd in a string of 15 consecutive titles won by the Brook.  Senior Dick Sprague paced the Blue and White over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in a time of 14:02.5.  In what Res Gestae 1957 as “a thrilling finish” Sprague reversed his fortunes from last year’s meet and defeated Horace Mann’s John Ronveaux.

STONY BROOK SETS PACE; Takes Cross-Country Title in Ivy Prep League

Richard Sprague paced Stony Brook to the team title yesterday in the seventh annual Ivy Prep School League cross-country championships at Van Cortlandt Park.

~ The New York Times

Team Scores

  • Stony Brook | 24 1/2
  • Horace Mann | 43 1/2
  • Hackley | 66
  • Poly Prep | 106
  • St. Paul’s | 150

Thus, for the fifth time in the seven years since the Ivy League Prep School League meet has been conducted, Stony Brook was the team winner.

~ December 1956 Stony Brook Bulletin

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