The Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame will annually induct  outstanding athletes, coaches, adminsitrators and teams into it's "Hall of Fame".  Inductees will be selected from a long list of worthy candidates who have excelled over a period of time in the sport of cross country/and or distance running on the track or road and have a connection (within 20 mile outreach) to the city of Philadelphia, either by birth or by school/club affiliation.  The goal would be to induct 3 local (born in Philadelphia area) and 3 non local (born outside Philadelphia, but connected by school/club) to the city, 1 outstanding cross country team (Philadelphia based team that demonstrated  outstanding season locally and or on the national scene in college or club level),   The BPCCHOF will also recognize individuals and or organizations each year who have made exeptional contributions to Belmont Plateau Park and or the sport of cross country in the Philadelphia area  (Presidents Award).  The Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame selecton committee was chosen for their long time knowldege and expertise in the sport of  cross country/distance running and the history of the sport and it's athleetes and coaches from the Philadelphia area.   The selection committee is background is from  respected distance athletes, coaches, administrators, and sports writers who cover  the sport of cross country/track and field.   CLICK HERE FOR A LISTING OF CURRENT HALL OF FAME SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS .
  Plans  for the future by the BPCCHOF is to build a "wall" or "walk" of fame that will list the names of the Hall of Fame inductees  at Belmont Plateau Park, home of cross country racing in the Philaelphia area since the early 1960s.


     TOM DONNELLY  (Local) Athlete and Coach    "The Master"

  • Grew up in the Logan section of Philadelphia abd attended La Salle High School and Villanova University.
       Known as a fierce competitor as and athlete and a coach and by far one of the most successful distance runners to ever come out
       of the streets of  Philadelphia.  He currently resides in the Ardmore area. 
           3x Philadelphia Catholic League Champion for cross country (undefeated in the Phila. Catholic League.  One
           of only 2 athletes in the PCL history to win the CC title 3x.
  • From 1962-1964, was undefeated in 46 straight races in cross country, including 3 Eastern State
  • Broke high school course records in Philadelphia and on the Van Cortlandt Park ,NY 2.5 mile  course  
  • Besides cross country, won the Philadelphia Catholic League Outdoor mile 3x (1963-1965)
  • Won the first ever "Big Five" cross country meet held at Belmont Plateau  (25:33) for a course record on the 5.2 Mile Classic Course at            Belmont Plateau Park.    
  • While at Villanova University, he was a member of 3 NCAA National Cross Country Championship teams and individually finished 7th (1966), 23rd (1967) and 8th (1968). Less than one week after winning the NCAA title, his Villanova team also won the AAU National Cross Country Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in 1968.   2x NCAA All American in Cross Country. 
  • Finished 3rd in 1966 and 1967 leading his team to 2 IC4A Cross Country titles.
  • On the track, he finished in the top 10 in the NCAA  National Championship for the steeplechase and won the 1st ever Penn Relays 6 mile in 1971.   2x NCAA All America in Steeplechase.
  • He was a member of 3 'Championship of America' winning teams at the Penn Relays ( 4 x 1 mile) and  member of the NCAA DMR Championship team in 1968.   After graduating Villanova, he was  a dominate runner in many road races and open cross country races in the Mid Atlantic region during the 1960s and 1970s  
  • Finished 6th in the USA National 3,000 meter steeplechase in 1969
     AS A COACH:
  • Led 3 teams from 2 schools to Philadelphia Catholic League Cross Country Championships. (Archbishop Wood /1969)  and La Salle High School /1971 & 1972).  All 3 teams won the Philadelphia City Title in Cross Country. 
  • Has coached at Haverford College (Men's Cross Country and Track ) since 1975.  While at Haverford, has led his cross country teams  to a NCAA National Championship in Cross Country (2010) and 3x NCAA National Champion Runner Up in Cross Cross Country (2007,2011 & 2012).
  • His cross country teams at Haverford College have qualified for the NCAA National Championship for Cross Country 33 times while coaching 33 All Americans, and 2 Individual Champions.  Haverford has finished 17x in the top 10 in the NCAA National Cross Country Championship.    
  • He led his team to 28 Conference and 21 NCAA Regional Championships in CC.
  • Besides Haverford, he privately coached a number of world class runners including Sydney Maree and Marcus O'Sullivan in the 1980s and 1990s) as well as two of his Div 3 Haverford runners who broke the 4 Minute Mile barrier.   
  • Named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Association "Coach of the Year" in 2010 and named to the USTFCCCA "Hall of Fame" (2015) as well as the Pennsylvania Track & Field "Hall of Fame" (1999).  Inducted into the La Salle High School  "Hall of Fame"& Field and Cross Country Assoc. "Coach of the Year" in 2010 and named to the USTFCCA "Hall of Fame" (2015), the PA HS Track & Field Hall ofFame (1999) and the La Salle College High School Hall of Fame (2013)                                                          

        JAMES 'JUMBO' ELLIOTT  (LOCAL)  COACH of Villanova University 
     Born and raised in West Philadelphia.  Attended West Catholic HS and Villanova University. As an athlete his
      primary event was the 300 and 400 dash and he was undefeated in duel compettition while in high school.
       Attended Villanova University and focus was in golf and sprints.   Known for his great salesmanship and
      getting the most out of athletes at the right time (especially at the Penn Relays). Known as "the maker of milers
       and the maker of men"  
  • He was named head Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Coach in 1949 and held that position until 1981.
  • Led Cross Country teams to 4 NCAA National Championships in Cross Country (1966, 1967, 1968, 1970) and
          1 individual NCAA Cross Champion, Vic Zwolak in 1963). 
  •  He coached 9 ICAAAA Cross Country Championship teams (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1978 1979)  H
  • He coached 19 NCAA All Americans in Cross Country as well as 7 Individual ICAAAA Cross Country Champions and 1 AAU National Cross Country team championship (1968).
  • Led a  long time strong assistant coaching staff  at Villanova  with James Tuppeny (fellow inductee into the BPCCHOF) and Jack Pyrah.   Former runners under him (Tom Donnelly and Marcus O''Sullivan) have gone on to lead very successful coaching careers at the college level.
  • His relay teams won 75 "Championship of America" crowns at the Penn Relays in such events as the Distance Medley, 4 x 1 mile,  4 x 800.
  • He led the team to 39 ICAAAA Team Championships in Cross Country and Track & Field and 377 individual ICAAAA championships
  • Overall led Villanova University to 8 NCAA National Team Championships (4x Cross Country, 3x Indoor, and 1 Outdoor Track & Field)
  • His athletes captured 66 NCAA Individual Crowns and 28 of his athletes qualified for the Olympic Games with 5 winning Gold Medals (Including Ronny      Delany in the 1500 in the 1956 Games)and a number of his athletes won world championships (Eamonn Coghlan in the 5,000 and Marcus O'Sullivan in      the 1500 Indoor).
  • Other national &  world class distance runners coached by Jumbo in his career were Tom Donnelly, Marty Liquori, Dave Patrick, Dick Buerkle, Sydney       Maree, Ken Shappert, Phil "Tiny" Kane, Don Paige, Gerry O''Reilly, Browning Ross, Donal Walsh, John Hartnett, Mark Belger, Noel Carroll, Davey         Wright, Chris Mason, Dean Childs, John Burns,  and  Kevin McCarey


  • Born and raised in Philadelphia (Port Richmond) .  Attended La Salle College High School and Penn State University (1951). 'The Saint' had a throwback "old school"  coaching style; loud, overbearing at times but had a heart of gold and wanted each one of his athletes to succeed. A one of a kind personality that every distance runner  who ran in Philadelphia from the 1960s to the 1980s would never forget. 
  • AS  AN ATHLETE- competed in 3 NCAA National Cross Country Championships finishing 28th (1948) ,
              35th in 1949, and was a member of the Penn State team that won the team championship in 1950 (finishing 16th overall ). 
  • He was a member of 5 National AAU Cross Country Championship teams. He finished 21st in the
              world famous Boston Marathon in 1953 and in the top 10 a number of times in the Yonkers Marathon  
  • AS A COACH     Head Coach of the Cardinal Dougherty HS (1956 -1968).  Led Cardinal Dougherty HS
  • to 8 Philadelphia Catholic Cross Country Championships and 8 City of Philadelphia City Title in Cross
  • Country. 
  •  Led Cardinal Dougherty to the Eastern States Cross Country Championship (Van Cortlandt Park, NY)
           in 1959.
  •   Coached 2 individual PCL Cross Country Champions (Frank Carver & Frank Kreiger and also led Cardinal
  • Dougherty to 3 Track & Field Championships (Indoor and Outdoor).   
  • Head Coach of Cross Country and Track & Field at Temple University from 1967-1983 where he compiled a 104-32-1 record in Track & Field.
​             an outstnding duel meet record of 104-32-1
  • "Saint" is credited as the Belmont Plateau cross county course designer
  • (Along with Lou Nicastro/St Joes,  Frank Wetzler/LaSalle and Jim Tuppeny/Penn & Villanova).  Designed the college men's classic 5. 2 mile course (Flagpole, Parachute, and Surekill Hills) along with the 2.3 High course (later lengthened to current 3.1 mile).  Colleges and later Phila
         Catholic and Phila Public League started competing on the course in 1963.   The Belmont Plateau CC course is still considered one of the                             premeire 'old style" courses and has everthing a CC runner could want with steep challenging climbs, rapid descents, grass and dirt trails and
           spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline.   Saint Clair once said "To run Belmont well, you have to be a bull!"   
  •  He was a long time AAU and Penn Relays Official and managed the Philadelphia Athletic Club and the Penn AC running teams, while organizing a number of local road races and Cross Country races at Belmont Plateau, and track races in Philadelphia during the 1970s and 1980s.
  •  He  served at President of the ICAAAA and awarded a special 25 years of service award in 1977 by the ICAAAA.  Named to the Pennsylvania                Sports Hall of Fame in 1977

Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame
611 Jamestown Street
Philadelphia , Pa  19128

Dave Thomas, Founder and President

  • Born and raised in the Sharon Hills area, just outside of West Philadelphia.(with his brother Charles (Brother Luke) a long time winning coach at West Catholic).   Tup attended West Catholic high school where his focus was on the hurdles and field events where he won City Titles in the pole vault, hurdles and high jump. He competed in the pole vault at the Penn Relays in 1946. He graduated La Salle Colleg in 1950 and captained the MAC track & field championship team. While at La Salle, he was undefeated in duel competiton in the pole vault. 
  •  He coached Malvern Prep HS (1950-1953) before taking assistant coaching position at Villanova University (1953 -1966). Under head coach    James "Jumbo" Elliot, he worked with a number of athletes who became  NCAA and Olympic champions (Ron Delaney, Charles Jenkins,      Larry James, Don Bragg) He also worked with Villanova runners such as Vic Zwolak (NCAA Cross Country Champion) and cross country           teams. 
  • Head coach of cross country at University of Pennsylvania (1967-1979). Led Penn to 17 Heptangonal Game Championships (2 in Cross                 Country) and the cross country team was 103-15 in duel meet competition.  
  • While coaching Penn, the Ivy league university saw it's biggest success in distance running and cross
            country by qualifying 3 of the Penn cross country teams for the NCAA National Championship.  Penn 
            teams placed 3rd (1971), 8th (1969) and 22nd (1970).   
  • Tup coached a number of national class distance runners at Penn including Dave Merrick (Course record
             holder of the Belmont Plateau 5.2 mile cross country "Classic Course" in 24:44/1975),  and sub 4 miniute
             milers Dennis Elton Cochran-Fikes, and Karl Thorton.     He has been mentioned as helping in the original
            design of the cross country college course at Belmont Plateau back in the early 1960s with Jack Saint Clair
           (Temple/CD), Lou Nicastro (St Joe), and Frank Wetzler (La Salle).   Later in Tup's career, he pushed  the
           City of Philadelphia to have Belmont Plateau courses and trails re furbished.
  • Director of the Penn Relays (Worlds Largest Track Meet) from 1970-1987 and during his tenure, the Penn
             Relays saw tremendous growth with in numbers and events .  During his tenure,  the Marathon was added
           (Monday and opening event held on Kelly Drive), heptathlon, decathlon, and entire days where added with
            a women's day (thursday) and distance night (multible college and open 5,000 and 10,000 meters races) added to the program. 
  •  He was President of the NCAA Track & Field Association (1979-1981), Vice President of the Athletics Congress (USATF) in 1986, founder and    executive director of Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (Philadelphia Sports Congress).   Later  after 'retirement' in the 1990s,      he returned to Villanova University and helped Head Cross Country & Track Coach, Marcus O'Sullivan with the program and earned the     title, Associate Head Coach.  
  • As a leader in sports administration and organizational skills, 'Tup'  led the AAU in 1976 and he was intrumental in Philadelphia and Belmont Plateau Park being awarded as the host site for the 1976 National AAU Cross Country Championship.   He also served as race director of the NCAA Track & Field Championship in 1976 (held at Franklin Field).  He was also a race organizor of the Martin Luther King Games (held at Franklin Field in 1971) that saw the first ever "Dream Mile" between Jim Ryun and Marty Liquori.  
  •   He was also called upon by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 to host and organize the "Freedom Games" after the USA boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.  He served as race director of the Freedom Games Track & Field meet that included all of the countries that boycotted the 1980 Olmpics and the meet was held at Franklin Field. 

VICKI HUBER (Rudawsky)    (Non Local)        ATHLETE      
  •  Born and raised near Wilmington , Delaware, attended Concord High School and Villanova University. She was a champion at all levels of distance running (high school, college, national and world) and was also earned a number of awards as Academic All American while in college.   She currently resides in the Delaware area.
  • While at Concord HS, she won 5 state titles in cross country, 800 and 1600 meters on the track.  State record holder in the 800 and 1600 meters. 
  • At Villanova University (1985-1990), she competed in 3 NCAA National Cross Country Championships. 
          She led the Villanova women cross country team to it's first ever national championship in Cross
         Country by becoming the women's program first overall champion in 1989.   In the other 2 NCAA
         National Cross Country Championships, she finished 9th (no team) in 1987 and 29th (team 13th)
          in 1986. 
  •  She was3x individual champion of the NCAA District 2  Cross Country Championship (1986, 1987, 1989), 
           3x Big East Cross Country Champion (1986, 1987, 1989) and 3x ECAC Cross Country Champion
           (1986, 1987, 1989).  
  • At the time (1989), ran the fastest 5000 meter time for cross country championship in 15:59.86)   
            and NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 3000 meter champion in 1987 and 1989.   
  •  She was 8x  NCAA Champion in cross country and the track  
  • After Villanova , she had a stellar career and one of the leading distance runners in the USA . In Cross Country, placed  4th Place at the           IAAF World Cross Country Championship (1992) and led the USA team to a 2nd place finish.
  • She placed 6th at the 1988 Olympic Games (Seoul, Korea) in the 3,000 meters.  
  • In 1992, set an American record in the 5,000 meters (road) in a time of 15:14 and qualified for the 1996 USA Olympic team (1500).
  • Qualified for the US Olympic team in 1996 in the 1500 meters.   She was given the  Jumbo Elliot  Award (2x), Named NCAA "Athlete of            the Year" (2x) , nominated to the Delaware  Track and Field Hall of Fame as well as the Delawar Sports Museum  Hall of Fame.
  • She has personal records  on the track of 4:07.40 (1500)    8:37.25 (3,000)   15:34.94 (5,000)

  MARCUS O'SULLIVAN    (Non Local)      ATHLETE & COACH of Villanova University
   Born in Cork, Ireland and attended high school in Ireland beford attending and competing in cross country & track for  Villanova University (1980-1984) and coached by by Jumbo Elliot.  Known more for his exploits on the track as a middle/distance runner, he was also a strong cross country runner in college.  He currenly coaching at Villanova and resides in the Havertown/Main Line area.
  •   As an Athlete, at Villanova, he competed in 3 NCAA National Cross Country Championships. In 1980, he finished 92nd (team 9th).  In 1981 , he finished 126th (team 13th) and and 1983, he finished 47th (team 14th). 
  • He was the Big East Cross Country Champion in 1983 leading his team to the Big East Cross Country Championship in 1983 and 10x Big East                Champion in Cross Country & Track combined. 
  • He was part of 2 NCAA Championship Relay teams and 6 "Championship of America" winning relay teams at the Penn Relays.
  • While at Villanova and after, he represented the Republic of Ireland in the 1984, 1986, 1992 and 1996 at the Olympic  Games in the 800 and 1500 meters. 
  • He won 3 Gold medals at the IAAF World Indoor Track Championships (1987, 1989 ,1993) in the 1500 meters and won a silver medal in the European Indoor Championship in the 1500 in 1989. 
  • He   broke the World Indoor 1500 record in 1989 with a time of 3:35.4  and won the prestigeous
            Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games 6 x.  (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990. 1992, and 1996 ). 
  • He is ranked #3 All time for most sub 4 minute miles with 101 Sub-4 miles (behind Steve Scott /137
             and John Walker /127).   Along with Irish teamates Ray Flynn, Eamonn Coghlan, and Frank O'Mara, 
             broke the world record for the 4 x 1 mile relay with a time of 15:49.08 (1985). 
     AS A COACH  
  • He has been head  men's coach of cross counry and track & field at Villanova since 1996.  (He was
             also head women's  women's cross country coach in 1997 and 1998) 
  •  He coached Villanova Women's Cross Country team to the NCAA National Cross Country Team
               Championship in 1998.  Led the Men's Cross Country team to 5 NCAA Mid Atlantic Regional
               Team Championships (2001, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014).   H
  • He coached Villanova Men's Cross Country team to 3 Big East Cross Country Championships
             (2011, 2013, 2014).   In each of those 3 Big East Championships, 6 of his runners earned All
             Big East honors. 
  •   Led the Villanova Men to 13 NCAA National  Cross Country Championship appearances  since 1996. 
  • He has coached 12  sub 4 minute milers  while at Villanova and 9 Penn Relay Championship of
           America teams.     He has coached a number of world class athletes including  Adrian Blincoe,
           Bob Kennedy, Carmen Douma, Frances Kooms, and Sheila Reid.   
  • He has opererated a High School summer Cross Country Camp called Running Works in Canadenis , Pa
           for a number of years
  • He was named USTFCCCA National Women Cross Country Coach of the year in 1998 as well
           as being named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year 6x.

SONIA O' SULLIVAN   (Non Local)  ATHLETE  Born, grew and attended high school in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland before attending Villanova University (1988-1991) and coached by Marty Stern.   She rose to a world class runner and one of Ireland's most decorated sports heroes.   She currently resides in Australia. 
  • While at Villanova University, she competed in 3 NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  She finished 26th (Team              National Champions) in 1989. 
  • In her junior and senior year at Villanova, she led her team to 2 National Championships and she was 2x Individual NCAA           Cross Country Champion (1990 and 1991). 
  • She was 2x ECAC Cross Country Champion (1990 , 1991) and won a total of 5 Individual NCAA
            Championships and was part of 6x Penn Relays' Championship of America Championship relays. 
  • She was 10x Big East Champion and in cross country was 2x Individual NCAA District 1
            Champion in 1990 and 1991.
  • After graduating from Villanova, she rose to wold class status as a distance runner
           highlighted by being 2x IAAF World Cross Country Champion (4k and 8k) in 1998. (She also
           finished in the top 10 4 times at the World Cross Country Championships in her career).  ​​
  •  She  competed in 4 Olympic Games for the Republic of Ireland (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and
            highlighted by winning the Silver medal in the 2000 Olympics in the 5,0000 meter.
  •    She won the Gold medal (5,000) and the Silver medal (1500) at the IAAF World Track
             Championship. (1998)    
  • Gold medal in the 5000 and 10,000 at the European Track & Field Championship (1998) 
  • Silver medal in the 5000 and 10,000 at EuropeanT & F Championship (2002)  
  • She set 3 x World Records on the track during her career and also dominated the longer road
             races winning both the prestigous BUPPA Race (1988) and the Dublin Marathon (2000)
            She also finished 4th at the World Half Marathon Championship (2004). 
  •   Best times in her career cover a wide range of distances  (800/2:00.69), (Mile/4:17.25) 
  •     (5,000/14:41.02)   (10,000/30:47.59) and the Marathon (2:29.01).  
  •   * As a note,  Sonia O'Sullivan  ran much of her career in the 1990s during the time of the
             Chinese runners  who's performances where questionable and whether they where aided
              with SADs.   Who is to say whether she would of been able to acheive more at the
              Olympic games and world championships.   

HALL OF FAME  / Outstanding Team

  • The Villanova Men's  Cross Country team in 1968 was a dominating team winning all of their meets during the year and topping off the 1968 season by winning the ICAAAA, the NCAA National Championship and the AAU Club Championship (the only college team ever to accomplish this ).

  •   In the NCAA Championship was 6 miles and run on the Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx) course. The date was Nov 25th and 47 degrees with 15 mph winds.  The team was led by seniors Tom Donnelly, who finished 8th overall (29;55) and Dick Buerkle who finished in 22nd place (30:09). Both runners earned All America status.  The other top 5 scorers for Villanova that day where junior Des McCormack (29th/30:15), Sophomore Chris Mason (36th/30:21) and Frank Murphy (47th/30:39).   The Team finished with 78 points , with Stanford (100) 2nd and Univ of Southern Cal (115) 3rd.

  •   This same Villanova team came back less than 1 week later on the same Van Cortlandt Park course (this time over 10,000 meters).   This time the varsity team was led by Chris Mason (13th), Dick Buerkle (17th),  Frank Murphy (22nd) and Tom Donnelly (25th) as they won the AAU National Cross Country Championship.   The Varsity Club team scored 59 points over 2nd place team from Chicago Univ TC, and Fort Hayes Club.   ** On a side note to that race, the Villanova "Frosh" team finished 4th  with 107 pts.(Freshmen not able to run NCAA varsity yet) led be freshmen Davey Wright and Donal Walsh. 

PRESIDENTS AWARD-   The Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame will award 1 or more presidents awards each year.  This award is given to the person (or group) who demonstrates long time excellance and service to the sport of cross country/and/or distance running on the road or track in the Philadelphia area.  Recipients could of contributed positively to foward and promote the traditions of cross country running at Belmont Plateau. 

2017 President's Award Winners

  • Joe Ryan-  Long time involvement in the sport of cross country /distance running as an athlete (Cardinal Dougherty/La Salle College), as a coach (Philadelphia Textile) and the chief official since the 1980s of many USATF cross country meets at Belmont Plateau and in the Philadelphia area.  He is also a chief clerk at the Penn Relays.

  • Jim Marino (Dept of Parks and Recreation) and Katheryn Ott- (Fairmount Park Conservancy).   Both were instrumental in helping Dave Thomas (BPCCHOF) optain the funding needed to supply the Belmont Plateau cross country courses it's first major signage and maintenence improvement since the 1980s. in 2015,  46 new directional sign posts (for the 3k, 5k, 8k) and a new Results and map board were created for the cross country courses at Belmont Plateau Park.  Marino also has served many years as the Broad Street Run race director and has been named as the Philadelphia Marathon Director in 2016. Since 2015,  Ott has moved on from director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy to become Commissioner of the Dept of Parks and Recreation for the City of Philadelphia. 

                                                                 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR THE CLASS OF 2018

          KEVIN QUINN  (Local)   ATHLETE/COACH 
  • ​  Born and raised in Bala Cynwd, Pa and competed in cross country/track for Saint Joe's Prep earning All Catholic (9th) in the 1957 Phila Catholic League Championship held at Strawberry Mansion.  
  • Attended and graduated Saint Joseph College/University in 1962 where he competed as an athlete and remained as coach of both men (and later women's cross country/track team.  Associated with Saint Joseph for over 6 decades from 1958-2015.
  • As an Athlete- he was 2x Middle Atlantic Conference Cross Country Champion setting course records both times. He was the first American (3rd Overall) to finish in the 1961 ICAAAA Cross Country Championship at Van Cortlandt Park.
  • 2x MAC Mile Champion (1961 & 1962)and set the MAC Mile record and he was the school record holder in both the mile & 2 mile, and 2x NCAA qualifier in the mile.  Team Captain of the Cross Country team.
  • After graduation, he won the famed 'Berwick Run for the Diamonds' 8 mile run. 
  • Quinn was selected to the MAC "100 Cross Country Century Team" in 2012   
  •   As a Coach- for Saint Joseph University, he led the Men's Cross Country & Track team
                for 22 years (1966-1988) and the Women's Cross Country and Track Team for 30 years (1985-2015)
  • Men's team won 2x Big Five Cross Country Titles and the Women's team on the Atlantic 10
               Cross Country Title in 1993 & 2000.
  • Named Atlantic 10 Women's "Coach of the Year" 2x (1993 & 2000)
  • During his XC/Track coaching career at Saint Joe, he had a total of 40 NCAA qulaifiers, 9 NCAA All-Americans,
           and 1 NCAA Champion.  Coached  10 ICAAAA/ECAC Individual champions with some notable distance runners
           being Mike Glavin, Elaine Van Blunk and Christine Kane.
  • In 1997, the Women's Track and Field team broke 10 school records  and was the first SJU team to win a Penn Relays
              Championship of America title (4 x 800)
  • Past president of the ICAAAA/ECAC and was also selected to the SJU Athletics "Hall of Fame"                                                                                                                                      
             FRED ROSENFELD   "Mr Rose" (Local)  COACH
  • Born and raised in West Philadelphia and graduated Overbrook HS (1963) and Temple (1967) and resident of Ardmore, Pa. 
  • ​Coached boys and girls teams for over 35 years in the Philadelphia Public League wih Overbrook High School (boys/24 years) and Central HS (boys and girls/11 years), where he was part of 51 Public League Championships in Cross Country/Track & Field ( as an assistant and head coach)
  • As head coach of Overbrook and Central, he won a total of 16 Philadelphia Public League Titles with 1 City Title. 
  • His teams for  boys CC  Teams at Overbrook won a total of 10 public league titles and pulled off a major upset in 1979 as Overbrook became the first Public League Cross Country team since 1957 to win a Philadelphia City Title in Cross Country. 1979 was the last City Championship Title held in Philadelphia with Overbrook defeating Archbishop Wood (27 to 29).
  • In 1988, Overbrook boys placed 5 in the top 5 in the Public League CC Champs to
            shut out the league in the Championship race.
  • ​While at Central HS, his cross country teams (boys/girls) won the Public League CC
            title over 10xs and coached 10 indidual Public League CC champions.
  • While at Overbrook, he coached a number of sprinters who went on to national class,
           with his top middle distance runner of note being David Moore, an 800 meter star
            and 4x All American at the Univ of Pittsburg.
  • Besides having long time success in the Philadelphia Public League, he coached 4
             championship seasons at Akiba Hebrew Academy
  • Honored as the Pennylvania Track Coach of the Year 3x, was named honorary referee
            for the Penn Relays, and coached in the Maccabiah (1993). He has also served a number
             of years as PIAA official for T&F and Penn Relays official.
  • He founded and managed the Overbrook Cross Country Invitational at Belmont Plateau and was the long time overseer of the Briarwood Cross Country Camp in Buckingham, Pa.  
  • He is a member of the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Overbrook HS Hall of Fame.

  • Born and raised in Woodbury, NJ (right across the river from Philadelphia) and attended Woodbury HS (1943) and Villanova University (1948)
  • While at Woodbury HS, he was the New Jersey State Mile Champion in 1943
  • He was one Coach Jim "Jumbo" Elliott's first distance runners to reach international success in track & field and after running in a series of road races in Ireland, apparently  helped start the "Irish Pipeline" of great Irish middle/distance runners to Villanova. While at Villanova, he finished 3rd in the 1948 NCAA Cross Country Championship and he won the gold medal in the 1948 NCAA 3,000 meter steeplechase 
  • After college he became a dominate runner as a club runner (Penn AC) and placed
         first in the National AAU Cross Country Championship 8x in his career.  He served
         as the 1st USA Cross Country National Team Manager. Won the local Mid Atlantic
         Senior 10k Cross Country Championship a record 11 times during his career and won
         many local handicap races from 5k-10 miles in the Philadelphia area and winner of
          the prestigious "Berwick Run for the Diamonds" a record 10x.  
  • He was a 2x Olympian placing 7th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 1948 and
         competed in the 1952 Games in the steeplechase.  He defeated Roger Banister
          in a 1500 meter race in London before Bannister broke the 4 minute mile in 1956.
  • He won the gold medal in the 1500 and placed 2nd in the 3,000 Steeplchase at
           the 1951 Pan Am Games
  • As and Athletic Organizor- In 1958, he went against the establishment of the powerful AAU and was one of the founding members of the "Road Runners Club of America" which today boasts over 200,000 members. The RRCA was a leading organization in the growth of road racing, course certifications, cross country and marathons that accepted women runners.
  • He created one of the first publications devoted to distance running. "The Long Distance Running Log" was a homestyle publication on race results and training started in the 1960s which helped lead to the USA running boom and the eventual national magazines such as Runners World.
  • Chairman of the National AAU long distance and road running committee (1968-71) and coached Woodrow Wilson, Glouchester Catholic and Rutgers Univ Cross Country & Track
  • He was one of the first road race organizors in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, putting on local road race and handicap races from 5k-10 mile with a very low entry fee and low key, but competitive atmosphere. Many of the awards were books and merchandise taken from his trunk at the finish line area.  Many races he started are stil being run today with 2 Races in the South Jersey area named after him.
  • He was elected to the National Distance Runners Hall of Fame in 2003.   Browning Ross passed away in 1998.

              EAMONN COGHLAN "Chairman of the Boards" (Non Local)  ATHLETE
  • Born and grew up in Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland. Attended Villanova University and graduated in 1976. Resides currently in Ireland. 
  • Before coming to Villanova University, runnng for the Donore Harriers, won the Leinster Colleges cross country Championship and the 5,000 meter track title in 1970. and the All-Ireland 1500/5000 titles in 1971. 
  • While at Villanova he gained most of his success on the track competing in in one NCAA  National Cross Country Championship in 1974 (186th) and 2 Big Five Cross Country Championships at Belmont Plateau Park.  Finished 3rd to Dave Merrick (Penn) and Dennis Fikes (Penn) in the 1974 Big Five Meet with a  time of 25:48 on the Classic 5..2 mile course. 
  • 4x NCAA National Champion in the Indoor Mile (1975 & 76) and Outdoor Mile (1975 & 76)
  • He was a member of 9x Gold Medal winners at the  "Championship of America" events
           (Distance Medley, 4 x Mile, and 4 x 800) at the Penn Relays
  • While at Villanova, he was 8x ICAAAA Individual Champion in the mile and 5,000 meters
  • He won the Penn Relays Olympic Development 10,000 meters (1986)
  • He was 7x Champion of the Wanamaker Mile at the Milrose Games where he picked
          up the nickmame "Chairman of the Boards" for his powerful last lap kick on the indoor
           board tracks. (Last win at the age of 34)
  • He was a 4x Olympian for the Republic of Ireland (1976,1980,1984, 1988)in the 1500 and
           the 5,000 meters. Finished 4th place in three different Olympic Games.
  • He ran for the Irish National Team in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in
           Limerick, Ireland.  He finished 70th place helping his team to a 2nd place finish.
  • He was World Champion in the 5,000 meters at the IAAF World Track Championship  in 1981.
  • He set the world indoor mile record at the San Diego Arena wih a time of 3:52.6 (1979)
  • Broke the World Record in the 2000 meters  and the Indoor Mile (3x)
  • Member of the Irish 4 x Mile team that broke the World Record (O'Sullivan, O'Mara, Flynn)
  •  In 1975, 3 weeks after running his first sub 4 minute mile , finished 3rd to Filbert Bayi (World Record) and Marty Liquori in the "Dream Mile" in Kingston, Jamaica. In this race, he broke the longstanding European Mile Record by running 3:53.3. 
  • He was the first indoor miler in the world to run Sub-3:50 by running 3:49.78 at the Meadowlands Arena (1981) and also incredibly the first Master Miler (at the age of 41) to break the 4 minute Mile barrier.  He set the master mile record time on Harvard Univ Indoor track in 1994. He broke the 4 minute mile barrier 83x in his career.
  • In 1979, ran the only Sub 50 minute time up to that date at the Waterhouse Byrne Baird Shield 10 mile Cross Country Run.  
  • Ran a 2:25:13 marathon in the New York City Marathon as a "training run" in 1991
  • Personal best times of 3:49.78 (mile indoor)   4:54.07 (2,000)     13:19 (5,000)     28:19 (10,000)     2:25:13 (Marathon)

      SYDNEY MAREE    (Non local)   ATHLETE
  • Born 1956 in Cullin, South Africa, developing and running strong junior performances before attending Villanova University (from 1976-1981).  Currenly residing in South Africa.  Suffered the effects of political stuggles in South Africa and barred from competing internationally in Olympics until he obtained USA citizenship later in his career.
  • While at Villanova University, he competed in 2 NCAA National Cross Country Championships finishing 7th individually in 29:15 for the 10,000 (team 7th) in 1979.  He finished 82nd (team 9th) in 1980.
  • He ran one of the fastest times ever recorded at Belmont Plateau Classic 5.2 mile course in 1979 with a 25:11 in leading Villanova to the Big Five Championship.  He ran 25:19 at Belmont Plateau and won the Eastern Athletic Assoc. Championship in 1978.
  • He was 2x winner of the ICAAAA Cross Country Championship leading his team to the ICAAAA Championship in 1979 and 1979. In 1978, he ran 24:04 on the Van Cortlandt course to lead his team to victory, while in 1979, he ran without a shoe for the last 2 miles to win in 23:59 on the Sunkin Meadows, NY course.
  • He was the NCAA District 2 Champion in 1979 on the 10,000 meter Bethlehem
            course in a time of 30:05.
  • On the track, he was 8x NCAA All American and 2x NCAA Champion in the 1500 meters (1978 & 79),
           1x NCAA Champion in the 5,000 meters (1979) and 2x Champion on the Distance Medley team.
  • He broke 2 NCAA records on the track in the 1500 (3:35.30) and the 5,000 (13:20.60) that still stand. 
  • Outstanding career after Villanova and became a USA citizen. He broke the 1500 meter world
            record (held by Steve Ovett) in 1983 with a time of 3:31.24 and later set the USA record
            (3:29.77 in 1985) after his WR was broken.
  • He broke the USA record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:01.15 (1984) and also broke USA
            records in the 2,000 and 3,000 meters 
  • Representing the United States in the 1988 Olympic Games, finished 5th in the 5,000 meters 
  • Winner of the Innaugural Fifth Avenue Mile in NY City, with a time of 3:47.52.  (1981) This race
          was televised live on ABC Wide World of Sports and he defeated a world class field of John Walker,
           Steve Cram and Mike Boit in the field. Course record still stands.
  • For a time in the 1980s,  he and Marcus O'Sullivan where coached by Belmont Plateau HOF Coach, Tom Donnelly and besides world class races, competed and won a number of road races locally in Philadelphia area.
  • Personal records on the track of 3:48.83 (mile)  3:29.77 (1500)  7:33:37 (3,000)  8:24.32 (2 mile)   13:01.15 (5000)     28:21.46 (10,000)

  •   Born and grew up in New Lennox, Illinois.    Lincoln Way HS (1971).  Coached by Al Logston where he was 5x Illinois State Champion (2 in cross country and 3 in track)       University of Pennsylvania (1976)
  • One of the top high school runners in the country with personal HS times of 4:05.40 (mile) and 8:43.2 (2 mile). One of his main competitors in Illinois was future national great HS/college and international star, Craig Virgin. Merrick also ran a time of 13:37 in the AAU Indoor 3 mile at Madison Square Garden.
  • He was  the center of a "recruiting battle"  locally, when in 1971 he was originally signed by Jumbo Elliott at Villanova but decided to attend The University of Pennsylvania, coached by Jim Tuppeny (He later left Penn for a year to run for Univ of Alabama before returning to Penn.
  • While at Penn, he competed in 3 NCAA National Cross Country Championships
           with a best finish of 9th (29:05/1975) on the Bethleham, Pa 10,000 course at Lehigh
           Univ.(His HS rival, Craig Virgin was the winner)
  •  He finished 12th as a freshmen at the NCAA National Cross Country Championship
             (team was 3rd) in 1971.
  • He finished 5th in the 10,000 meters at the 1976 NCAA National Track & Field
          Championships in 28:48, (held on his home U of P track at Franklin Field).  A few weeks
           earlier running in his first 10k on the track finished 2nd in ICAAAA Championship (29:26)
  • In 1973, he broke his own  cross country school record at Belmont Plateau by running
         25:10 to win the Big Five Championship. He was able to better his teammate
          Dennis Fikes (25:42), Eamonn Coghlan (Villanova/25:48) and Ken Shappert (25:52) to
          lead Penn to upset Villanova for the title.                                                                                                      ( Dave Merrick, Right at NCAA)
  • In 1973, he finished 2nd to John Hartnett (Villanova) in the ICAAAA Cross Country Championship (24:07) at Van Cortlandt.
  •  In 1975, he won the ICAAAA Cross Country Championship at Van Cortlandt Park by over 50 meters over Kurt Alitz (Army) with a course record time of 23:51 for the rugged 5 mile course.
  • 3x Champion of the Heptagonal (Ivy League, Army,Navy) Cross Country Championship, leading Penn to the team crown both times in 1971 and 1973 (24:32)on the 5 mile Van Cortlandt course.  In his senior year at the Heps (1975), he cruised to a meet record time of 24:15. 
  • He is best remembered by Philadelphia area cross country runners as running one of the most memorable peformances at Belmont Plateau when he buried a strong cross country field at the Big Five Cross Country Championship. He set the course record of 24:44 over the Classic 5.2 mile course (4:45 per mile) with Parachute, Flagpole, and Surekill Hills. He won the race by over 75 seconds over 2nd place finisher Bruce Fiori (Penn), and Kevin McCarey (Villanova) to lead his team to the title.

     After only 3 years after opening it's doors as a high school in the Olney section of Philadelphia,  Coach Jack Saint Clair,Jr assembled a strong enough Cardinal Dougherty HS cross country team to travel to Van Cortlandt Park in New York City and win the prestigous Eastern States Interscholastic High School Championship.  This was a huge high school cross country championship race, drawing all the top schools from all over the Northeast with the winning team being recognized as the "Best Team" on the East Coast. 
      The CD team, led by Fran Carver, went up to New York with hopes of running strong and overwelmed all of the teams in the "A" Championship Division.  With Carver suffering with a toothache,  the team was led that day by Paul Minehan (9th), Tom McDonald (10th), J. Campi (11th), Bill Clark (12th), Ed Ulmer (13th), with Fran Carver (14th). CD won the  Eastern Championship with 55 pts.   The "B" race made up of smaller schools was won by the Cardinal Dougherty JV team, led by future PCL stars of Larry Boldger and Mike Coffee (PCL Champion in 1961).  This team would remain undefeated in 1959 winning major meets such as Catholic War Vets, Phila Inquirer Invite, Philadelphia Catholic League, Philadelphia City Championship.    Fran Carver won the Philadelphia Catholic League Cross Country Title that year. This East Championship Race was run in November at Van Cortlandt Park (The Bronx) in 30 mile per hour winds that swept across the outside loop of the park.
     Many of these runners went on to have successful college careers with Paul Minehan and Tom McDonald running for La Salle College. (Minehan won MAC titles and later coached PCL Champion team in CC).  Bill Clark and Fran Carver had strong careers for Notre Dame University. Bill Clark would go on to have successful post college career winning Olympic Trials 10,000 in 1968 and the Philadelphia Marathon.  Ed Ulmer would run for Saint Joseph College and would go on to have a long and successful coaching career for Archbishop Ryan winning multiple Philadelphia Catholic League Team/Individual Championships in Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field.    Coach Jack Saint Clair had a few more championship teams after 1959 and would help  later  help in the design of the cross country courses of Belmont Plateau Park and move on to coach Temple University. 

In 2018, The Presidents Award was given to George McNally, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Dept.  George is in charge of the maintenance of all of the cross country courses at Belmont Plateau and takes personal pride in making sure the courses are in great shape and safe to run on for each cross country season. He takes personal pride in the XC course and it is a passion for him and gives much of his time in the maintence of the courses, similar to  a grounds keeper on a golf course.