Martin Won Distance Titles For Two Programs

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Martin Won Distance Titles For Two Programs

Francis (Frank) Martin made history twice in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

After winning the 2-mile in the 1944 meet as a Notre Dame sophomore, Martin transferred to NYU.

Martin returned to Marquette Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the 1945 meet and successfully defended his 2-mile title, thus becoming the first athlete in meet history to win championships for two different schools.

In 1946, Martin was back again for the NCAA 2-mile, which was held in Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The race became a duel between the two-time defending champ and Drake’s Fred Feiler, the first two-time NCAA cross country champion (1944-45). Martin’s finish proved decisive, giving him the victory by more than three seconds in 9:38.3 to become the meet’s first three-time winner in the event.

Martin’s points helped NYU to its best-ever showing as a team, claiming third with 40 points. The Violets had just two other scorers, Bernie Mayer and Irv Kintisch. Mayer won the shot over third-place Kintisch, who led a 2-3 NYU finish in the discus.

A week later Martin won the AAU national championships in the 5000 meters in 15:50.7.

posted: April 18, 2021
The NCAA's First Championships

The NCAA and collegiate track & field will mark a momentous milestone in the spring of 2021 -- the 100th anniversary of the NCAA Championships and with that, the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In June 1921, the University of Chicago hosted the first track & field championships in NCAA history.

This point can’t be emphasized enough: Not only was the event the first for NCAA track & field, but the first championships for any sport under the sponsorship of the NCAA.

To celebrate, over each of the next 365 days, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will celebrate moments, student-athletes, and coaches that have made a century’s worth of championships special. From humble beginnings to important historical milestones to the modern-day, collegiate track & field has evolved with the American society.

The 2021 edition of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin with preliminary round action on May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and College Station, Texas. The championships final site and culmination of the celebration is slated for June 9-12, 2021 at the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Memorable Moments
Mikkola Set Javelin MR With Huge Win

Esko Mikkola was a two-time JT winner at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships. When Mikkola won in 1998, he set a MR of 81.86m (268‑7) and won by 17 feet!

Little Made Big 400H History
June 11, 2016

Shamier Little won three consecutive 400H titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships between 2014 & 2016. Little became the No. 2 performer in collegiate history with her 53.51 winner in 2016.

Ellerbe Won After Film Review In 1939

Mozelle Ellerbe won back-to-back 100-yard dash titles at the NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships in 1938 & 1939. His victory in the 2nd year was confirmed by a film review.

McCullouch Ran Legendary Times At NCAAs

Earl McCullouch of Southern California won back-to-back 120H titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was a member of a WR-setting quarter-mile relay team.

Walton Started It All In The 800

Delisa Walton won the first women’s 800 at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1982. Walton is the mother of Ebonie Floyd, who finished 2nd in the 2007 100.