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On This Day In History | 1969

June 20, 2018
Ogden Missouri

Ogden leads the famous Jim Ryun on the track in this photo circa 1967

On this day 49 years ago, Glenn Ogden ’65 took 4th in the 3 mile at the NCAA Championships held in Knoxville, TN.

The former Brooker ran 13:52.6 to help the University of Missouri tie for 16th overall in a field of 57 teams.



  1. Ole Oleson – USC – 13:42.0
  2. Frank Shorter – Yale – 13:43.4
  3. Norm Trerise – Oregon – 13:46.4
  4. Glenn Ogden – Missouri – 13:52.6
  5. Art Coolidge – Kent St. – 13:59.0
  6. Art Dulong – Holy Cross – 14:03.6




On This Day In History | 1964

June 19, 2018
Lingle Missouri

Lingle at the Penn Relays during his memorable career at Missouri

On this day 54 years ago, Robin Lingle ’60 broke the Hayward Field 1500m record at the NCAA Championships held at the University of Oregon. The former Brooker ran 3:45.6, the fastest time in the preliminaries, to reset the previous top mark of 3:45.7 set by Oregon’s Dylan Burleson in 1960.

In the 1500m final, Lingle ran 3:42.0 to finish 5th overall, setting the University of Missouri record in the process.



On This Day In History | 1964

June 18, 2018
B Cross Country XC 1958

Coane (middle) with the ’58 cross country squad

On this day 54 years ago, Tonnie Coane ’59 finished in a tie for 4th in his 880 yard heat at the NCAA Championships in a blazing time of 1:51.9.

Coane won the Big Eight Conference Championship in the 880 that season with a mark of 1:51.1.



  • Bruce Bess – USC – 1:51.6
  • Noel Carroll – Villanova – 1:51.8
  • Barry Sagden – Ohio – 1:51.8
  • Don Scott – Oregon – 1:51.9
  • Tonnie Coane – Kansas – 1:51.9
  • Mike Gibeau – San Jose State – 1:55.1



On This Day In History | 1979

June 16, 2018
Andy Whitney Goldberg MWG 1979

Whitney & coach Marvin Goldberg talk race strategy in 1979

On this day 39 years ago, Andy Whitney finished 3rd in the two mile at the prestigious Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, CA.

The senior blazed to a time of 9:05.9 to cap an incredible career that included state championships in cross country and the two mile, Suffolk crowns in cross country (2), the mile, and two mile, and a Penn Relays title in the two mile.

Whitney still owns the school record in the mile (4:14.5) and two mile (9:02.9) runs.



On This Day In History | 1922

June 15, 2018

On this day 96 years ago, Clyde Mellinger was hired as our school’s first Athletic Director ahead of the school’s inaugural year.

From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on June 16, 1922:

Mellinger is Appointed

Leadership in sports at State College, Pennsylvania, was a factor in the choice of Clyde Mellinger, B.S., as a member of the faculty of Stony Brook School for Boys, the new Presbyterian institution. At Stony Brook Mr. Mellinger will supervise sports and will have charge of instruction in the sciences.

Before joining the Stony Brook faculty, Mellinger starred at Cumberland Valley State Normal School, which would later be renamed Shippensburg University, putting together a memorable career that earned him posthumous induction into the Shippensburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

During his career that spanned 1913-1916, Mellinger pitched nearly every game for the Raiders, the highlight being an 18-strikeout performance in a 6-1 victory over Kutztown in 1915. The mark remains a Shippensburg record and stood as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record for 99 years. In his final game for the Raiders he pitched a 2-0 shutout against the Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA, one of the best amateur teams in the state.

Upon graduating, Mellinger attended Ursinus College, became the principle at West Fairview School, and served in the Navy during World War I. When he returned home he earned a chemistry degree from Penn State where he furthered his baseball exploits with a 9-0 record as part of a team record 30 consecutive wins that stands to this day. During his time at State College he earned him a roster spot on a semi-professional team in Philadelphia and rubbed shoulders with a teammate who would go on to build a grand house in the Bronx: Babe Ruth. He earned enough money from baseball to pay his way through college.

After leaving Penn State he accepted Frank Gaebelein’s job offer and remained at Stony Brook for four years, coaching the football, basketball, and baseball teams while teaching science.

Robin Lingle ’60, Stony Brook’s sixth Athletic Director, recalled Mellinger’s early influence in a Founder’s Day speech in 1991:

The area that our present athletic fields occupy was a twisted maze of trees and brush. Mellinger located a field just off Route 25A near where the 7-11 is today, erected goal posts and lined the field himself. There were 27 boys in the entire student body of which only 12 showed any interest in football, and some of those were raw beginners at the game. As for attractive uniforms, the yearbook reveals what appears to be a combination of unlettered, unnumbered, black, padded shirts and baggy, brown pants that reportedly were purchased by the individual students themselves.

Somehow, against such odds and with some earnest encouragement from the headmaster, Clyde Mellinger put a team on the field to compete in interscholastic athletic competition during those very first days of our school’s existence.

Just two years after that inaugural season, Mellinger led the squad to an undefeated 5-0-1 season against some of the top competition on Long Island. The team finished an astonishing 10-2-1 in his final two seasons with the blue and white.

On the basketball court, Mellinger led the Brook to a win in its inaugural game, despite the football season ending just two days earlier. That first season was his only losing season on the hardcourt and in 1925-26, his final season, he led the Brook to a 14-2 record. The baseball records for those early seasons are incomplete, but the blue and white more than held their own despite their low numbers.

Mellinger’s time at Stony Brook was brief, but his excellence and hard work laid the foundation for the future growth of blue and white athletics. The dedication in Res Gestae 1926 bears witness to the influence he had on those around him:

Dedicated to Clyde Landis Mellinger, whose steadfast loyalty and untiring efforts in behalf of the students of Stony Brook have won him the respect and admiration of all, we gratefully dedicate this first issue of Res Gestae Classis.

After Stony Brook he joined the faculty at Atlantic City High School where he rose to Chair of the Science Department before retiring in 1957. He passed away on June 21, 1969.


On This Day In History | 2009

June 12, 2018
G Track 2009

Burke prepares to throw the shot during a home meet in 2009

On this day 9 years ago, Brannon Burke took 12th in the discus throw at the New York State Championships held at Cicero-North HS in Syracuse.

The sophomore sent the disc 97′ 10″, the best throw in Division 2 for Suffolk County and the fourth-best among sophomores.



On This Day In History | 2000

June 11, 2018
G Track 2000

Cockfield practices the disc in 2000

On this day 18 years ago, several Bears turned in impressive performances at the New York State Track & Field Championships in Liverpool, NY.

Ben Pinder had the highest finish for the Blue & White, taking second in the Class C/D 400m hurdles in a time of 57.37 to earn All-State honors. He also took seventh in the 110m hurdles in 15.94. Jason Cannie also placed for the boys, taking fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 41′ 2.5″.

On the girls’ side, Erva Cockfield took fifth in the shot put (34′ 0.5″) while Lisa Vitolo was ninth in the 3000m (11:20.08).

Pinder still owns the school record in the 110m hurdles (15.04 FAT) while Cockfield continues to hold the shot put (36′ 11.5″) and discus (116′ 11.5″) records.




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