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Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 10/24/2006
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Phil O'Connell '49 Dubbed by The New York Times as “Manhattan’s jack of all distances,” O’Connell competed at distances from the quarter-mile to five miles for the Jaspers. Among his many victories, Phil was a member of the Penn Relay championship teams in the distance medley and four-mile relays, two national AAU championship 2-mile relay teams and an IC4A cross country championship team.
Louis Upton Knight '57 Set a record in the Metropolitan ICS high hurdles as a freshman and continued to be a force to be reckoned with throughout his four years, medaling in both the high and low hurdles. In 1955, he ran the leg that sealed Manhattan’s victory in the shuttle hurdle relay at the Penn Relay Championship.
John N. Schoenberger '59 Helped lead the Jaspers to their first Metropolitan Conference Baseball Championship in 1957, won the New York State batting title in 1958 with a whopping .421 average. Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a senior, John also earned varsity letters in track and basketball, where he was a member of the historic team that knocked off  No. 1 West Virginia to go to the Big Dance of 1958.
Joseph A. Marchiony '60 Two-time All American in Shot Put, setting the Shot Put record in 1960 at the IC4A indoor Championships. With numerous victories in his four year career, including the Penn Relays and Millrose Games, Joe toured Europe with the AAU United States team in 1957 and placed 10th in the 1960 Olympic trials.
George Bruns '66 Already making his mark on the baseball diamond with a batting average over .300 and speed on the bases, Bruns became on of Manhattan's most accomplished walk-ons in basketball.  Selected to the All-Met Conferece's First Team, he held the record for most points in a season by a backcourtman when he graduated.
Thomas Donahue '71 A two-time Indoor All American, Donahue was a four-time Metropolitan mile Champion and a NCAA Indoor Champion. The first Jasper to break 25 minutes, Tom continued to win after graduation, taking two national titles and running four flat at the age of 31 and setting an American record in the two mile at age 40 in his age category.
Joe Savage '74 Immortalized on the Wall of Fame at the Penn Relays for the American Record he set in the four mile relay, Savage was also part of Manhattan’s World Record setting NCAA Distance Medley in 1973 when the team won the Championship. A versatile runner, Joe held eight Manhattan College records in everything from the 800 meters to the Cross Country Five Man Team Sub 25.
Gary Halpin '88 A four-time All American in track and field while a Jasper, Halpin set school records in the hammer throw (230’5”) and 35 lb. weight (68’3”) which still stand. On scholarship from Ireland, Gary competed in the World Championships in 1987 for his home country and has been a pro-rugby player there since graduation.


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