Bob Budwick ‘66, Richie Dugan ’66, Mike Glynn ‘66, Jim Zeitler ’65
These four members of the 1964 Gael track team gained a spot in Iona Athletic history by combining to complete the two-mile relay in a school-record time of 7:32.8 at the 1964 New York Athletic Club Games at Madison Square Garden. The time was the second fastest recorded in the world by a two-mile relay team in 1964.
This foursome pulled of two additional accomplishments as a relay team- they finished second in the National AAU Championships, also held at Madison Square Garden, and fifth at the Penn Relays that spring. The Penn Relays performance marked the first time an Iona track entry had ever scored in a Championship of America event.
All four enjoyed brilliant track careers beyond their two-mile relay efforts. Glynn, the leadoff member of the relay team, went on to become captain of both the indoor and outdoor teams in 1966. Zeitler, the elder statesman of the quartet, was named the top varsity runner in 1963-64, while Dugan was named the school’s first All-American in the two-mile run (1965). Budwick’s stellar track career was highlighted by his 1:51.4 split in the final leg of that NYAC record event, boosting Iona to its first victory in that two-mile relay event.
When looked upon individually, the achievements of the four are outstanding. However, it is the achievement of the four together that placed these four athletes atop the track world in 1964, and set the standard for all Gael trackmen to come.