On This Day in History | 1958

Track 1958
The 1958 track team

On this day 60 years ago, the track team won the third of what would become a string of twelve straight Ivy League Championships. The Brookers won seven of the fourteen events to lead the way with 61 points. Here is the account of the meet from the June 7, 1958 edition of The Blue and White.


Stony Brook Takes Ivy Track Meet

On May 10th, the annual Ivy League Track meet was held at Hofstra College. The weather was extremely good with a bright sun and quite a strong wind. The Brookers went into this tournament with an undefeated season with such victories as Columbia Freshman, La Salle, and Hackley. Our four-man relay team also became victorious in the Preparatory School Mile of the Penn Relays.

Two new records were sat at the meet by Steve Johnson and Sonny Bryant, both of Stony Brook. Steve broke the old shot put record of 49′ 9 1/2″, set by Abel of Riverdale in ’52, by almost three feet. He threw the 12-pound shot to an amazing 52′ 4″. Sonny established a new pole vault record, breaking the one set by Corter and Springhorn of Stony Brook in ’53 of 11′ 1/2″. His record now stands at 11′ 2 7/8″ which will probably stand for quite a while.

Many other events also showed Stony Brook’s superiority. Tonnie Coane took first place in the mile and 880, and Wayne Barnes took the 440 and the 220. Others who did well were [Robin] Lingle, who took second in the mile and 880, [Ray] Searby, third place in the mile and 880, [Pete] Treiber, second in the high hurdles, [John] Holbrook, second in the javelin, and [Robert] Bennett, second in the running broad jump.

This was the third Ivy League Track championship in a row for Stony Brook, which has won several times in the past. With only two more meets on the schedule, the Brookers ended up with an undefeated season.


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