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On This Day In History | 1955

November 5, 2015
The '55 cross country squad

The ’55 cross country squad

On this day 60 years ago, the cross country team began an unprecedented run of dominance by claiming the Ivy League Championship.

On a cold, soggy day at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the Brook edged Horace Mann 28-33 to win their first in a run of 15 consecutive Ivy League Titles. Horace Mann’s John Ronzeaux took the individual crown on the 2.5 mile course, but our Dick Sprague and Larry Goodman were right on his heels in 2nd and 3rd place. The race remained tight from there as the two teams traded places through the next five runners. The race came down to which team would claim 11th place, and our Dave Skillen clinched the victory to bring the Ivy crown back to the Brook for the first time since 1952. Henry Carlson and Jack Lees tied for 12th place to round out the scoring for the blue and white.

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Top 10 Results

  1. John Ronzeaux – Horace Mann – 14:04
  2. Dick Sprague – Stony Brook – 14:25
  3. Larry Goodman – Stony Brook – 14:31
  4. Charles Owens – Horace Mann – 14:44
  5. Carl Krupp – Stony Brook – 14:46
  6. David Eichenholtz – Horace Mann – 14:52
  7. Gordon MacDonald – Stony Brook – 15:04
  8. Ronald Lippman – Horace Mann – 15:11
  9. David Ridgeway – Hackley – 15:16
  10. Michael Colleton – Poly Prep – 15:18

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