First Annual Track and Field/Cross Country Dinner a Huge Success

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The dinner and celebration at the Yale Club of New York is planned as an annual event for the Track Association, with the goal of reconnecting decades of track alums and friends with the current team members and coaches, and celebrating the rich history of this illustrious program at Yale. This is a new endeavor for us, and is another in a continuing effort to keeping our program strong and well-supported by our alumni and friends. If the turnout for our first dinner was any indication, we should enjoy many lively and festive future dinners in the city together.

Former Yale and Olympic track and field champion Jim Fuchs '50 was honored at the February dinner. More than 100 friends of Yale Track and Field gathered to reconnect with each other and the program, and to honor Jim. Five decades of track alums were in attendance, along with current Yale track athletes, parents, coaches, and friends of Yale Track and Field.

Fuchs, accompanied by several family members, entertained and inspired the track-savvy crowd. He recounted some of his Yale triumphs, which included some lighter moments, and fond memories of the great coach Bob Giegengack. Fuchs described how he innocently revolutionized the sport, as he experimented with new throwing techniques while recovering from an early knee injury. He received a warm reception from all in attendance, and was clearly touched by the honor of the evening.

Some of Fuchs' many awards and accomplishments in track and field include:

  • 2005 USA Track and Field Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Shot Put World Record Holder
  • Olympic Bronze Medalist, 1948,1952
  • NCAA Shot Put Champion, 1949
  • IC4A Indoor Shot Put Champion, 1948, 49, and 50
  • IC4A Outdoor Shot Put Champion, 1949
  • HEPS Outdoor Shot Put Champion, 1949 and 1950
  • HEPS Indoor Shot Put Champion, 1949
  • Yale School Record Holder in the Shot Put for 55 Years
Many thanks to all in attendance, and we hope to see many more of you at future alumni events!

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