Our first track & field team, 1949 Saga.
The earliest mention of track and field events occurs in 1896, when a "Field Day" was held at the school. This event took place for several years, a typical one being a meet at which Brockport Normal, Avon High School and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary competed in: 100 and 200 yard dashes, 220 yard low hurdles, 1/4, 1/2 and mile runs, running broad and high jumps, hammer throw, shot put, pole vault, relay race, and in that era of bicycling enthusiasm there were naturally enough two bicycle races, a one mile and a two mile. Field Days seem to have died out around the turn of the century and despite attempts in the 1930s to organize a team, it wasn't until 1949 that both the track and field team, and the cross country team, first appeared. That first year the "cindermen" did quite well despite a late start and won both of their two meets! The cross country team won three out of five, making favorable beginnings for both teams.
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