On This Day In History | 1955

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 result 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 RonzeauxHorace Mann14:04
2.Dick SpragueStony Brook14:25
3.Larry GoodmanStony Brook14:31
4.Charles OwensHorace Mann14:44
5.Carl KruppStony Brook14:46
6.David EichenholtzHorace Mann14:52
7.Gordon MacDonaldStony Brook15:04
8.Ronald LippmanHorace Mann15:11
9.David RidgewayHackley15:16
10.Michael ColletonPoly Prep15:18

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