IC4A Championships is an annual men's competition held at different colleges every year. Established in 1876, the competition served as the top level collegiate track and field meeting in the United States, prior to the establishment the National Collegiate Athletic Association's championships in 1921. The IC4 one of the oldest annual track meets in the United States. Currently, the Eastern College Athletic Conference serves as the administrative unit controlling the IC4A brand.
The IC4A or ICAAAA body (Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America) body controls the track and field contests between the colleges known as the "IC4A." Colleges and universities eligible to compete at the IC4A Championships are those in the New England and Mid-Atlantic States, north and inclusive of Maryland and Delaware. Additionally, teams whose schedules include predominantly teams from that region are also eligible, make the de facto limits of the region reach as far south as North Carolina and as far west as West Virginia. The sobriquet "IC4A" only applies to NCAA Division I competition; men's cross country and track competitions hosted by the ECAC for Division II or III are referred to as ECAC meets. The IC4A and its women's counterpart, the ECAC Division I Championships, are so-called "super-conference" meets, in that schools belong to other conferences as their primary championship conference, like the Atlantic 10, Big East, Ivy League or Northeast Conference.
The IC4A cross country championships had their 104th running in the fall of 2012 and is always held at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. Following the success of the outdoor meeting, an indoor championships was created in 1921. In both indoor and outdoor track, the top eight finishers in each event or relay earn the honorary designation of "All-East," while in cross country the designation is extended to the top-25 finishers.
Jeremiah Alfred Le Coney (November 3, 1901 – November 11, 1959) was an American athlete, winner of the gold medal in the 4x100 meter relay race at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Al Le Coney was raised in Moorestown, New Jersey, where he first started showing his ability as a sprinter. In 1922, Le Coney won the AAU championships in the 220 yard race and, as a Lafayette College (Class of 1923) student, the IC4A championships in both the 100 and 220 yard races.
At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Al Le Coney ran the anchor leg for the American 4x100 meter relay team which won the gold medal with a world record time of 41.0 seconds.
After the Olympics, Le Coney covered the 100 yard distance in 9.4 seconds, but the effort was later disallowed when judges ruled that the time was wind-aided. In 1932, Le Coney received an unusual honor when a picture of him at the 1924 Olympics was used by the U.S. Post Office in developing a commemorative stamp.Bill Graber
William Noe "Bill" Graber (January 21, 1911 – March 8, 1996) was an American pole vaulter. He broke the pole vault world record in 1932 and competed at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.Charley Borah
Charles Edward "Charley" Borah (November 11, 1905 – April 11, 1980) was an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
A Phillips Academy, Andover graduate, Borah won the AAU championships in 100 yd in 1926, in 220 yd in 1927 and in 200 m in 1928. As a University of Southern California student, Borah won the IC4A championships in both 100 yd and 220 yd in 1927. He also equalled the Charley Paddock's world record in 100 yd of 9.6 in two occasions, in 1926 and in 1927. At the Amsterdam Olympics, Borah reached to the quarterfinals in 100 m and ran the third leg in the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which equalled the world record of 41.0 in the final. He died in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980.David Munson
David Curtiss Munson (May 19, 1884 – September 17, 1953) was an American athlete who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics.
He competed for the United States in the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St Louis, United States in the 4 mile team where he won the gold medal with his team mates Arthur Newton, George Underwood, Paul Pilgrim and Howard Valentine.
In the 1500 metres event he finished fourth. He also participated in the 2590 metre steeplechase competition where he finished sixth.
He won back-to-back one-mile run titles at the outdoor IC4A championships in 1904 and again in 1905, and set the world record in the mile-and-a-half run in Madison Square Garden in 1905.
Munson graduated from Cornell University in 1906 and was a member of the Sphinx Head Society, the oldest senior honor society at Cornell University. He was inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.Dick Barber
Richard Alvah "Dick" Barber (July 24, 1910 – May 22, 1983) was an American long jumper. Barber won the long jump at the 1932 United States Olympic Trials and qualified for the 1932 Summer Olympics, where he played fifth. He was IC4A long jump champion in 1931 and 1932.Edward Cook (athlete)
Edward Tiffin Cook, Sr. (November 27, 1888 – October 18, 1972) was an American athlete who shared the gold medal in the pole vault (with Alfred Gilbert) at the 1908 Summer Olympics.Cook was an all-around athlete and won the IC4A long jump title in 1908 and 1909, and the AAU pole vault title in 1907 and 1911. He graduated from Cornell University in 1910 and later became a farmer and director of the First National Bank in his native Chillicothe, Ohio. He was elected to the Sphinx Head Society during his senior year.Fred Alderman
Frederick Pitt "Fred" Alderman (June 24, 1905 – September 15, 1998) was an American sprint runner who won a gold medal in 4 × 400 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics. He also won the NCAA Championships in 100 yd (91 m) and 220 yd (200 m) and IC4A Championships in 440 yd (400 m) in 1927.At the 1928 Olympic trials Alderman set his personal best in the 400 m at 48.0 seconds, but did much worse at the Games, at estimated 49.4 s. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon while at Michigan State College. In 1992, he was inducted into the initial class of the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.Fred Sturdy
Frederic Harry "Fred" Sturdy (January 25, 1908 – August 4, 1972) was an American pole vaulter. One of the first vaulters to clear 14 feet, Sturdy was U.S. outdoor champion in 1929 and 1930 and indoor champion from 1929 to 1932.Henri LaBorde
Henri Jean LaBorde (September 11, 1909 – September 16, 1993) was an American discus thrower who won a silver medal at the 1932 Olympics.He attended Lowell High School in an Francisco. Next year he won the NCAA and the IC4A titles and had a world's best throw of 50.38 m while on a European tour in Düsseldorf. He also occasionally competed in the shot put.Henry Russell (athlete)
Henry Argue "Hank" Russell (December 15, 1904 - November 9, 1986) was an American track and field athlete, winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
A Cornell University student, Henry Russell won the IC4A championships in 100 yd (91 m) in 1926 and in 220 yd (200 m) in 1925 and 1926. Russell was elected to the Sphinx Head Society during his senior year.
At the Amsterdam Olympics, Russell reached the semifinals in 100 m and ran the anchoring leg in the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which equalled the world record of 41.0 s, in the final.
Henry Russell died at 81 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.Horace Odell
Horace Paul "Hop" Odell, Jr. (September 5, 1910 – January 22, 1984) was an American javelin thrower. Odell was IC4A champion in 1933 and 1934 and United States champion in 1935.J. Coard Taylor
John Coard Taylor (January 1, 1901 – June 25, 1946) was an American track and field athlete who placed fifth in the men's 400 meters at the 1924 Summer Olympics. He was national champion in the 220-yd low hurdles in 1922 and IC4A champion in 1922 and 1923.James Quinn (athlete)
James F. "Jimmy" Quinn (September 9, 1906 – July 12, 2004) was an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics.As a student of College of the Holy Cross, James Quinn won the IC4A 100 yd (91 m) title in 1928.
At the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Quinn ran the second leg in the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a world record of 41.0.
James Quinn died in Cranston, Rhode Island, aged 97.Joe Tierney
Joseph Paul "Joe" Tierney (born February 8, 1903 in New Haven, Connecticut - April 8, 2004 in Hamden, Connecticut) was an American sprinter. Representing the United States, he ran the 400 metres in the 1928 Olympics. Tierney won his heat in 49.8, but finished fourth in his quarter-final (won in 49.2 by Canadian Phil Edwards, who would become a five time Olympic bronze medalist) and was eliminated.
Running for Holy Cross, Tierney won the 1925 IC4A 440-yard title in 47.9y; the time was his lifetime best and the best in the world that year.Tierney survived until age 101, one of the few Olympic centenarians.Lawrence Whitney
Lawrence Atwood "Larry" Whitney (February 2, 1891 – April 24, 1941) was an American athlete who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He won the bronze medal in the conventional shot put and placed fourth in the two-handed shot put and 20th in the discus throw. He also competed in the exhibition baseball tournament.Besides athletics and baseball Whitney also competed in American football and basketball. He won the IC4A shot put title in 1913 and 1915, and retired from sports shortly after that.Leighton Dye
Leighton William Charles Dye (October 30, 1901 – October 25, 1977) was an American hurdler. He placed fourth in the 110 m hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics and was United States champion in 1926.Maxie Long
Maxwell Warburn Long (October 16, 1878 – March 4, 1959) was an American athlete, winner of 400 m at the 1900 Summer Olympics.
Having won three AAU titles from 1898 to 1900 and IC4A title in 1899 in 440 yd (402 m), 1899 an AAU title in 220 yd (201 m) and 1900 an AAU title in 100 yd (91 m), Maxie Long from Columbia University, was one of the top favourites for the Olympic title in Paris.
In Paris, Long led the race from start to finish, beating his teammate William Holland at 3 yards (2.7 m).
Later in this year, Long ran some brilliant records. On September 29 he ran 47.8 for 440 yd (402 m) and a few days later even 47.0, but the latter was on a straight track.Norman Taber
Norman Stephen Taber (September 3, 1891 – July 15, 1952) was an American middle distance runner. He was the first amateur runner to surpass Walter George's professional record in the mile, set nearly 30 years previously. He also won a bronze medal over 1500 m and a gold medal in the team 3000 m at the Olympic Games in Stockholm 1912.Walker Smith (hurdler)
Walker Breeze Smith (November 1, 1896 – February 27, 1993) was an American track and field athlete. Smith attended Cornell University, where he set records in hurdling. He was the IC4A Champion in 1919 in 120 yard high hurdles and 220 yard low hurdles. The year before he placed second in both events.Smith competed in the men's 110 metres hurdles at the 1920 Summer Olympics. He finished in 5th place.In 1978, Smith was inducted into the Cornell University Hall of Fame.