On This Day in History | 1961

B Track 1961
The ’61 track & field squad

On this day 58 years ago, the boys’ track & field team won the sixth of what became 12 consecutive Ivy League Championships. Here is the recap of the meet from the June 1961 edition of the Blue & White.


Track Team Cleans Up Ivy League

Fulfilling advance prediction, Stony Brook once again proved itself the best on the field as the track men scored Stony Brook’s sixth consecutive Ivy League Championship at Baker Field. The Brookers amassed 52.5 points to best second place Poly Prep by a comfortable 24. Ron Greeley starred for the Brookers as he won both the quarter and the half mile races, while Cal Butler set a new record for the javelin.

Bill Johnson repeated his discus victory last year with a toss of 125′ 9.75″, while finishing second in the shot put.

Dick Geisler surprised many in the 220 low hurdles, copping that event in 27.1 seconds. Geisler also picked up a third in the high hurdles, following Richtmeyer of Poly, who set a new meet record of 15.5 seconds. Following Greeley in the quarter mile were Jim Scarlata in second place, and Neill Scott, who tied for third. Greeley’s time was 52.7. Greeley also led a Stony Brook sweep in the half mile with a time of 2:06.5. On his heels were Doug Wedel, Bill Kennedy, and Ted Redington.

Needed points were picked up by Greg Wedel, runner-up in the javelin and fourth place finisher in the low hurdles; John Lathen, who placed third in the discus, Chris Knecht and Bill Kennedy, who took third and fourth respectively in the mile; Jim Scarlata, who finished third in the 220; and John Lyon, who tied for third place in the high jump.

Stony Brook’s relay quartet of Greeley, Scott, [Stephen] Luyben, and Scarlata took third in a thrilling race won by Horace Mann.

Stony Brook’s victory was one characterized by great team spirit and fine depth. At the beginning of the season, not many people gave Stony Brook much of a chance, but through hard work and the fine coaching of Mr. Goldberg, the team swept to a convincing victory. The scoring was highlighted by the fact that the next three teams following Stony Brook were separated by only 2.5 points. This aided the Brookers, but even so, Mr. Goldberg said after the meet, “Nobody expected that the winning team would get more than 30 points.”


From the New York Times:


Trackmen Romp in Ivy Meet — Poly Prep Is Second

Stony Brook’s perennial Ivy League preparatory school champions won their sixth consecutive track and field crown yesterday at the sixteenth annual Ivy competition at Baker Field.


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