Olympic gold medalist Earl Young to be honored

Posted November 15, 2010

In 1960, Earl Young, an ACU sophomore, was the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to bring home a gold medal from the Olympics. Fifty years later, on Nov. 17, ACU will honor Young during chapel at 11 a.m. and a luncheon at noon in the Hunter Welcome Center.

“We are excited to have Earl Young return to campus 50 years after winning an Olympic gold medal and hope that his accomplishments will inspire our students,” said Dr. Gary McCaleb, vice president of the university.

Young ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. The team broke the world record in the event.

Young was inducted into the ACU Sports Hall of Fame with the 1989-90 class. His coach was Oliver Jackson, who was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

In addition to Young, ACU Olympians in track and field include Bobby Morrow, Billy Pemelton, Billy Olson and Tim Bright.

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