Jasper Club

1998

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 10/24/2006
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Del Benjamin '68 Won three IC4A Championships in the long jump (outdoors in 1967 and 1968; indoor in 1968).  Won the 1968 Penn Relays Long Jump Championship by leaping a school-record 25'7".  Five-time Metropolitan champion.
Charles Covino '49 Took second place in the National AAU Pentathlon in 1947.  Competed in the Olympic decathlon trials placing 6th in 1948 and 7th in 1952.  Returned as a National Indoor Masters Championship competitor in 1994 and accumulated 37 gold medals in a variety of events: shot put, discus, hammer throw, weight throw.
Steve Dillon '53 AAU National Champion in 1953 set a meet record in the 35-lb. weight throw of 59'10-1/4".  Recorded six first-place finishes in the weight throw that season.  In 1952, won hammer throw titles at the Penn Relays and at the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships.  Indoor AAU and IC4A champion.
Vernon Dixon '54 Lead-off runner for the 1952 sprint medley relay team (that included teammates John O'Connell, Lou Jones, and Bob Carty) that set the world record of 1:52.7 at the AAU Track and Field Championships.  Also led the Jaspers to a first-place finish in the mile relay at the 1952 Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.  Former team captain.
Brian Mahoney '71 Accumulated 1,289 points during his basketball career (1968-1971).  Averaged 20.6 ppg and earned All-East Honors in his senior year.  Helped lead his fellow Jaspers to victory over then-#1 North Carolina in the 1970 NIT.  Taken in the 5th round of the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Big East Coach of the Year at St. John's.  Also coached the Jaspers (1978-81).
Jack Marren '70 Accumulated 1,291 points (18.4 ppg) and 908 rebounds (12.9 rpg), and shot over 50% from the floor during his 70-game basketball career (1967-70).  Averaged team highs of 19.3 points and 14.9 rebounds per game as a senior.  Helped lead his fellow Jaspers to victory over then-#1 North Carolina in the 1970 NIT.  Taken in the 4th round of the NBA Draft by the NY Knicks.
Richard Simmons '57 Member of the Jaspers' track & field team from 1953-57.  Won the 200-yard dash at the 1954 Outdoor Metropolitan Championships as a freshman.  Ran the anchor leg on Manhattan's winning mile relay team at the 1956 Milrose Games.  Ran third on the Jaspers' winning 880-yard relay team at the 1955 Penn Relays.  IC4A All-East performer.  Team co-captain as a senior.
Peter Squires '74 Member and captain of the Jaspers' 1973 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship team.  Member of the Jaspers' 4 x 1-mile relay team that set the American record in 1974 (16:14.4).  IC4A steeplechase champion in 1974.  Metropolitan cross-country champion in 1973.  Three-time All-East performer in cross-country (1972-74), as well as indoor (1973) and outdoor track (1973-74).

 

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