Tom Courtney Honored at Fordham Track’s Christmas Classic


Friday night had a special kickoff to the 2016–17 track and field season, as Fordham honored one of its all-time greats with a banner unveiling ceremony for two-time Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, Tom Courtney, Who graduated Fordham College Rose Hill in 1955.

Courtney began his career with a win at the IC4A Championship in the 1000-yard run in 1954. A year later, Courtney won the NCAA title in the 880-yard competition and anchored the world record setting 2-mile relay team. He took the gold in the 800 meter run at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, setting an Olympic Record in the process and then later won his second gold medal in the 4x400 meter relay Courtney was inducted in the Fordham Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971. The current Fordham track team was very excited to honor the alum at their season opener.

Jerome Vessichio: “Yea it’s great having an alum as famous as Mr. Courtney come back and show his support for being a ram”

Following the banner Unveiling courtney had a few words that he said to the 2016 Fordham track team

Tom Courtney: “Fordham has been a great part of my life and i have great memories of them”

The next time that the Rams will be competing is at the Yale classic. This has been Louis Santelli from Fordham University in the Bronx

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