Thomas Blackburne '74
A second-generation Jasper, Thomas Blackburne '74 swam at a time when the men's swimming team was responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the pool area, even going as far as painting the pool during the off-season. In addition to time spent in the pool, the team, coached by Jack Carey, combined time in the pool with strength training and studying the science of the sport. The team’s leading point scorer as a senior, Tom was recognized for his team leadership – often cheering on his teammates with jingles. He received the Manhattan College Most Valuable Swimmer Award in 1974 and was also named the Conference Most Valuable Competitor that year. By the end of his college career, he had put at least five records in the Jasper record book in individual and relay events.
Durelle Brown '01
Durelle Brown '01 ranks among the top 10 in field goals made and field goal percentage in a career. Fourth on the all-time points list with 1,634, Durelle was also dominant on the boards, pulling down 6.1 per game in his junior and senior years. He was named First Team All-MAAC during his junior and senior years and All-Metropolitan Second Team in 2000-01. Durelle never missed a game in the Jasper green. By junior year, he was scoring 21.3 points per game, putting himself on the national leaderboard. He flourished when the Jaspers picked up the offensive pace under coach Bobby Gonzalez. As a senior, he moved to the center spot, still scoring 17.8 per game. After graduation, Durelle played professionally abroad in Spain, Holland, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. Along the way, he added four championships and three Most Valuable Player titles to his collection. He took a year off during his professional career to be home for the birth of his daughter, Adelina, and officially retired in 2011.
William Clancy '63
A scholarship runner from Brooklyn Prep, William Clancy '63 won regularly for the Jaspers, medaling at all the top races in the East, including the Metropolitans, Penn Relays, IC4As, and Millrose Games. Traditionally the leadoff runner, Bill would often clock a 49-second leg for the mile relay and 1:54 for his half-mile leg of the two-mile relay. At the prestigious Millrose Games alone, he took two golds and one silver. While running for the New York Athletic Club in 1960, he and his team won the coveted National Amateur Athletic Union Distance Medley Relay Championship of America, taking the bronze in the one-mile relay at the same event. After being offered a sports physician job with the New York Football Giants, the University of Wisconsin recruited Clancy to develop a sports medicine program. While there, he invented the procedure for reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL and posterior cruciate ligament in the knee. Now known as the “Clancy Procedure,” ACL surgery has been performed on countless patients around the world and earned Bill a place in the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame.
James Harrington '51
Coming to Manhattan on scholarship from the well-known Bishop Loughlin High School, James Harrington '51 often scored for the Jaspers in pole vault, broad jump, high jump and javelin. As a sophomore, he tied for first in the pole vault at the Senior Metropolitan Amateur Athletic Union Championship meet in 1949 and taking first in the pole vault at the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championship Meet. At that competition, he contributed a third place in high hurdles and fifth in broad jump. He continued his winning ways that season at Annapolis, West Point and the Spring Metropolitans to name a few. In his junior year, Jim continued to rack up the medals at the Indoor and Outdoor Mets, National Junior AAU Indoor Championships, Seton Hall and Villanova. He also was a member of the winning National AAU Championships 2,900-meter Medley Relay team, while running for the New York Athletic Club. By senior year, Jim was captain, a title rarely given to a field competitor. He medaled in competitions throughout the season, tying the Indoor Met 60 high hurdles record and placing first in the 60 high hurdles at the National Junior AAU Championships. At the IC4As, Jim placed fourth in high hurdles, adding crucial points to the Jaspers who squeaked out a victory for the first time in a dozen years by a margin of less than two points.
Dahlia Henry-Tett '96
A native of Jamaica, Dahlia Henry-Tett '96 came to Manhattan College on a full scholarship with a winning reputation in Brooklyn. As a Jasper, she still holds four records: Indoors, 4x800 meter relay at the ECAC Championships with a time of 9:01.01; Outdoors, 4x800 meter relay at the ECAC Championships, 9:01.30; Sprint Medley at the Penn Relays with 3:57.21 and individual 800-meter at the ECAC Championships with a time of 2:09.82, an Olympic trial standard. Dahlia earned a number of prestigious All-East honors throughout her career. Individually, she took second in the 500-meter as a senior with a time of 1:12.24, the former school record. Outdoors, she took eighth place in 1995 in the 800. The 4x800 meter relay team took three fourth places, two indoor and one outdoor and a first place outdoors in 1993. She was also a Metropolitan champion runner throughout her career, indoors and out.
Thomas Lindgren '78
During Thomas Lindgren’s '78 four years at Manhattan, the men’s soccer team, coached by Dolph Rotter, had a record of 31 wins, 19 losses and 7 ties. With no scholarship players and their field in Van Cortlandt Park, the Jaspers had one winning streak last for 11 games. When Tom was a junior, the team landed an ECAC playoff berth. In his senior year, the Jaspers had their best record in program history (10-3-3). Some of the sweetest victories came against Fordham. From sophomore to senior year, the Jaspers shut out the Rams, winning each year by a score of 1-0. Tom, a sweeper with a smothering defense, was also known for going on offense at crucial times in the game. He has 7 goals and 14 assists to his credit. Throughout his career, he collected awards, including All-Metropolitan in 1975, 1976 and 1977; All-New York State Team (1977); and All-Academic Team (1977). The College honored him the Block M Award and the Jasper Award for Most Outstanding Player in 1977 to finish his Jasper career on a high note.
Charles Mahoney '75
Charles Mahoney '75 set a Manhattan career assist record of 394 in only three years. The high school New York State Tournament State Championship MVP, he was heavily recruited by teams such as St. John’s and Maryland before selecting Manhattan College. With his ability to pass and set up teammates, Charlie at 5-foot-11-inches, put many points of his own on the board. As a freshman, he scored 389 points and added 904 during his varsity years for a total of 1,293 points. Coaches and sportswriters alike considered Charlie one of the best point guards in the metropolitan area. He proved them right and played a pivotal role in the Jaspers’ three National Invitation Tournament bids. Often when Manhattan made headlines for victory, Charlie was the driving force. He helped the Jaspers beat Fordham three times, scoring 19 points in the 1975 matchup. At the annual ECAC Holiday Festival, he scored 24 points to beat Michigan in 1972 and be named to the Holiday Festival All-Star Team. The next year, he contributed 16 points to beat St. John’s for the Holiday Festival Title in 1973.
Edward Walsh '70
Edward Walsh '70 joined the Jasper track tradition, coming to Manhattan on a scholarship from powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School. Often training alone because of his pre-med program, Ed was known for scoring when the Jaspers needed it most. In the fall of 1969, he finished 20th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and was awarded All-American status, one of only four Jaspers to earn this honor. In 1967, Ed achieved the individual Manhattan College record (at that time) for seasons average times and earned the Manhattan College Most Valuable Athlete award at the Block M Dinner. During the indoor and outdoor seasons, Ed continued his winning ways. He was a member of of the College's record-setting team in the four-mile relay at the 1969 Penn Relays. That year, he was also the overall major scorer in dual meet victories against Navy, Dartmouth and Cornell. He finished strong in 1970 as the Indoor Metropolitan Champion in the two-mile event and the Outdoor Metropolitan Champion in the grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase. At the IC4As, Ed finished runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crushing the Jasper record by 19 seconds.