On This Day in History | 1965

On this day 53 years ago, the track team claimed a 10th consecutive Ivy League Championship. Here is the recap of the event from the July 1965 edition of the Stony Brook Bulletin.


In order to bring the team to a degree of sharpness for the championship defense, Coach [Marvin] Goldberg arranged a meet with the always-tough Seton Hall High School of Patchogue. The result was enlightening to coaches and athletes: Seton Hall squeaked through with a two-point victory, 69-67. Coaches Goldberg and [Bruce] Lockerbie learned that a wiser employment of competitors and events would be necessary in the Ivy League; the athletes learned they weren’t yet as fit as they would need to be.

Hofstra University once again hosted the Ivy League meet on May 8. Action commenced with Jerry Armfield’s second in the discus; [Mark] Govertsen won the long jump; [Bernard] Mumo defended in the high jump. Later he earned second in the triple jump.

The two mile run, inaugurated this year, provided a clean sweep for Stony Brook. Glenn Ogden, out for seven weeks with a fractured foot, made a gallant comeback to win in 10:05.4. [Chris] Spencer, John Elsen, and Steve Haines, all juniors, ran in Ogden’s wake. In the mile Stony Brook again garnered all the points. [Peter] Randall ran a solo 4:25 for a new meet record, while the hard-working Spencer led Phil Haines and Mike Wildeman in supporting parts.

Meanwhile, in the shorter events Stony Brook was scoring also. Govertsen took thirds in both sprints; David Sparks was third in the 180 low hurdles; Mumo and [Bill] Krampe scored 1-2 in the 440.

The surprise of the day came in the 880 when Krampe, Randall’s understudy for three years, upstaged the favorite at the finish line. The victory, Krampe’s first in the Ivy League since he won the novice mile in 4:51 as an eighth-grader, kicked off a series of excellent late-season performances.

Stony Brook claimed first and second in the two relays. The medley (440-220-220-880) team of John Crozier, Larry Bowen, Sparks, and Tom Gregory posted a creditable time for the first running of this event in the Ivy League. Gregory’s blazing sprint brought him past the leading Poly anchorman in 3:51.5. The 880 relay of Govertsen, Ron Kuhrt, Norm Koop, and Mumo trailed St. Paul’s at the tape, even though Mumo ran 22.0 for his stick-carrying stint.

Stony Brook totaled 68 points, followed by St. Paul’s with 41, as Mr. Goldberg safely stowed Stony Brook’s tenth consecutive championship plaque.


The Brook claimed the crown in each of the next two seasons to run their consecutive title streak to twelve years, bested only by the cross country team’s 15-year run from 1955-1969.


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