Jeff Napolitano ‘85
Iona College track and field standout Jeff Napolitano enters the Goal Club Hall of Fame as one of the top throwers in school history. During his career at Iona, Napolitano was a four-time Collegiate Track Conference Champion in the 35 lb. indoor weight throw and the outdoor hammer throw. He also won four Metropolitan Championships (METS) in the same events, making him the only athlete in Iona history to accomplish this feat.
As a senior in 1984, Napolitano was the No. 2 ranked hammer thrower at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, earning All-America honors for his performance. While qualifying for the NCAA Championships, he earned an IC4A Championship in the event, improving upon a runner-up showing as a junior and fourth place efforts in his sophomore and freshman years. Napolitano also placed 12th in the hammer throw at the US Olympic Track & Field Trials later that summer.
As a junior in 1983, Napolitano’s performance in the 35 lb. weight throw qualified him for the NCAA National Championships where he garnered All-America honors, making him the first thrower in school history to achieve those levels. He finished as the No. 5 ranked US thrower at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Napolitano qualified for the event by recording a second place finish in the IC4A Indoor Championships, a feat he also accomplished as a sophomore in 1982. Napolitano’s accolades firmly established him as one of the first great throwers at Iona and a legend in the Track & Field program.