On This Day in History | 1969

Hollis 1968 XC
Hollis during the 1968 cross country season

On this day 50 years ago, the boys’ track and field team won the Ivy League Championship.

From 1956-1967, the Blue & White secured an incredible 12 straight Ivy titles before losing the crown in 1968. The 1969 team restored the glory to the program by accruing 63 points to top Poly Prep (48), Riverdale (31), St. Paul’s (32), Horace Mann (6), and Hackley (5).

Here is the recap from the New York Times.


Stony Brook Takes Prep Track Crown

Hempstead, L. I. — Taking firsts in six events and scoring in the other 10, Stony Brook School regained the team title in the Ivy Prep School League track and field championships today at Hofstra University. It was Stony Brook’s 13th title in the last 14 years. Poly Prep, which interrupted the 12-year streak last year, finished second.

Stony Brook, which scored 63 points, was paced by Richard Shay and King Hollis, who won two events apiece.

Shay, the Eastern States Interscholastic champion, won the 440 and 880-yard runs, and Hollis triumphed in the mile and two-mile runs.

Stony Brook’s other winners were Dwight Walter in the discus throw and Pete Camp in the javelin.


The Brook would win two more Ivy titles in 1971 and 1973 before leaving the league for the NYSPHSAA in the fall of 1973.


IPSL Ivy League

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