A Piece Of History

After Thomas Awad cemented his legend in the 10k last night, the next stop for HepsTrack was a visit to the Yale Track & Field Alumni Association dinner on the infield of Coxe Cage.

The honoree was track icon Frank Shorter, who graduated from Yale in 1969 before starting a U.S. running revolution by winning the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He delivered a wonderful speech to a multi-generational audience, explaining how Yale was absolutely the right place for him. Coach Bob Giegengack gave Shorter the foundation for his success by allowing him to learn to be his own coach. The Socratic method of his undergraduate training meant that Shorter never had a coach after college.

Afterward, Shorter was among the last to leave the Cage, where the track is named for him. He shared stories, signed Heps’ prints and dispensed wisdom to the current athletes in attendance. We also have quite a keepsake, as he signed our Dan Schlesinger print — “To HepsTrack. Thanks for creating a wonderful Ivy League Community. Frank Shorter.”

He signed many additional prints and if you are interested in purchasing, we will direct you to the Yale tent overlooking the track from the baseball field. You can also inquire about purchase from Yale T&F Alumni officers Larry Kreider and Bard Cook.

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