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Discontinued Programs - Track & Field


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The Seton Hall University track and field program was one of the most storied in school history, producing a bevy of Olympians, All-Americans and national champions for six decades.
Like most intercollegiate programs at Seton Hall, track and field sprouted from humble beginnings, existing in the early years as club competitions sponsored by the Setonia Athletic Association (S.A.A.). It was not until the 1920's that the first varsity men's track and cross country squads were created, with the team competing at the 113th Regiment Armory in Newark, where the first Seton Hall College Track Invitational was hosted in 1927.

However, it was not until the hiring of John Gibson as head track and field coach that The Hall's program really began to blossom into a national power. Gibson, who was a standout at Fordham University and set the 400-meter hurdle world record of 52.6 in 1927, took over the Pirate program in 1946, and was one of just two track and field head coaches over the final 64 years of the team's existence.

Seton Hall's earliest relay championship dates back to 1942, when its 800-meter relay squad took first at the Navy Relief Games, but Gibson transformed the team, thanks in large part to SHU Athletics Hall of Famer Andy Stanfield.

A world class sprinter, Stanfield competed at Seton Hall from 1948-51 and went on to become Seton Hall's first track & field Olympian, winning gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dash at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games. As a collegian, Stanfield won three-straight 60-yard and 200-meter National AAU titles, laying the groundwork for what turned into decades of success for sprinters at Seton Hall.

Gibson remained as head track & field coach until his retirement in 1972, at which point John Moon was named the head men's track & field coach, a position he held for the next 37 years, all while continuing the advancement of Seton Hall's national reputation. Moon's impact on the program was felt immediately, as he guided the men's 4x400-meter relay team to an NCAA Indoor National Championship in just his first season, and from there, the program continued to flourish.

The men's track & field squad swept the IC4A indoor and outdoor championships in 1975, and after one season as a club sport, Seton Hall added a women's track & field team in 1982. The addition of the women's squad coincided with Seton Hall's membership in the BIG EAST Conference.

Under Moon's tutelage it did not take long for the Pirates to assert themselves as the class of the conference, with the men's team taking the BIG EAST Indoor Championship in 1981, 1982 and 1984, with runner-up finishes in the conference outdoor meet during each of those seasons. The women's team captured its first BIG EAST crown at the 1993 outdoor championships and won the indoor title the next year.

Andrew Valmon became the second Seton Hall track & field alumnus to capture a gold medal at the Olympic games, doing so in the mile relay in 1984 and 1988. During his time at Seton Hall he was a three-time All-American and captured five BIG EAST Championships.
All told, the Seton Hall men's and women's track & field programs boast 19 Olympians, in addition to Moon, who was the top assistant for the United States men's track & field team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

 The Pirates have had 49 student-athletes combine to garner 118 NCAA All-America citations while winning eight individual national championships. Seton Hall had a men's or women's track & field star named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Performer at either the conference indoor or outdoor championship meet on 23 occasions and the programs have combined to send 31 honorees into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Seton Hall men's and women's track & field teams competed for a final time in 2010, before the University made the difficult decision of eliminating the programs because of budget constraints.