On This Day in History | 1962

B Track 1962
The ’62 track squad

On this day 56 years ago, the track team won a seventh consecutive Ivy League Championship, part of a string of twelve crowns they won from 1956-1967. Here is the recap of the event from Deane McGowen of the New York Times.


Stony Brook Trackmen Take 7th Straight Ivy Prep Title

Stony Brook School, displaying strength throughout the competition, overwhelmed its seven rivals and won the seventeenth Ivy Preparatory School League track and field championships yesterday.

Under sunny skies and a pleasant breeze at Columbia’s Baker Field, Coach Marvin Goldberg’s Long Island squad compiled 56 points to take the team title. It was the seventh straight year Goldberg’s runners and field men won the championship. Poly Prep holds the record with ten straight titles.

Riverdale of the Bronx finished second with 34 points. Trinity of Manhattan and Poly Prep of Brooklyn were tied for third with 23 points.

During the fourteen-event varsity program, two records were set and another was tied. Bill Johnson of Stony Brook tossed the discus 139 feet 9 1/2 inches to break by a half an inch the mark set by Steve Johnson of Stony Brook three years ago.

John Beal of Trinity, a slender 6-foot junior, got his lanky body over the high jump bar at 6 feet 5/8 inch. Beal, one of four double victors the meet produced, broke the mark of 6-1/8 set by Don Carter of Stony Brook in 1953.

The other double victors were Bill Kennedy, Stony Brook’s middle distance ace, and Paul Geiger, Riverdale’s sprinter.

Kennedy flashed to a come-from-behind victory in the 440, covering the distance in 52.4. Then the Stony Brook youth returned to capture the 880 in 2:02.7.

The meet was scored on a 5-3-2-1 basis. Stony Brook won five of the events and picked up points with several second and third-place finishes. The only event Goldberg’s youngsters failed to score in was the broad jump.

Other individual winners were John Kirchmeier of Stony Brook, mile.


Stony Brook Results

120 Yard High Hurdles

  • 2nd: Dick Geisler
  • 4th: John Lyon


  • 1st: John Kirchmeier – 4:43.0
  • 3rd: Mark Hanchett

100 Yard

  • 2nd: Andrew Knittle

440 Yard

  • 1st: Bill Kennedy – 52.4
  • 3rd (tie): Robin Lingle & Doug Wedel

220 Yard Low Hurdles

  • 2nd: Dick Geisler
  • 3rd: Andrew Knittle

880 Yard

  • 1st: Bill Kennedy – 2:02.7

880 Yard Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook


  • 4th: John Lathen


  • 1st: Bill Johnson – 139′ 9.5″

High Jump

  • 3rd: John Lyon

Shot Put

  • 2nd: Bill Johnson
  • 4th: Doug Darby

Pole Vault

  • 2nd: Jack Emery


Team Scores

1.Stony Brook56
3.Poly Prep23
5.St. Paul’s12
6.Horace Mann6


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