William DeHart Hubbard
April 22, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Former University of Michigan men's track and field standout William DeHart Hubbard (1923-25) etched his name into the historic Penn Relays record book once again, as he was recently honored as a member of the historic Penn Relays Wall of Fame Class of 2013. The three-time Penn Relays champion is part of a class that includes four individual and four relay teams, as selected by a panel of Penn Relays experts.
The first class was selected in 1994 at the time of the 100th running, while the class of 2013 marks the 20th group of inductees. A total of 95 individuals and 85 relay teams have now been honored by the Penn Relays.
As a sophomore in 1923, Hubbard doubled as the Penn Relays long jump and triple jump champion. His winning triple jump mark of 48-10.75 feet stood as a Penn Relays record for 16 years, while his long jump win of 23-10.25 feet was the fourth best in Carnival history at the time.
In his final season at Michigan in 1925, Hubbard returned to the Penn Relays, where he won a third Carnival crown in the 100-yard dash, tying the meet record of 9.8 seconds.
The sole restriction in the nomination process is that only retired athletes (or those now competing as masters) may be nominated, and inductees are honored solely for their accomplishments at the Penn Relays; achievements in any other meets are not considered.
In addition to his accomplishments at the Penn Relays, Hubbard was a three-time NCAA champion and seven-time Big Ten champion at Michigan. Following his junior year, Hubbard made history when he became the first African-American athlete to win an individual Olympic gold medal in the long jump in 1924. He also competed in the 1928 Olympic Games.
Hubbard is also a member of the U-M Hall of Honor (1979), National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1979) and Drake Relays Hall of Fame (1973).
Members of the 2013 Wolverine squad will compete in the 129th running of the Penn Relays from Thursday-Saturday (April 25-27).
Penn Relays Wall of Fame Class of 2013
Michelle Bennett, Cardinal Spellman (Bronx) High School '87; Villanova `91
William DeHart Hubbard, Michigan `25
Alberto Salazar, Wayland (Mass.) High School `76
Brian Sternberg, Washington `63
1963 Fordham University 4-mile relay team
1969 Villanova 2-mile relay team
2003 South Carolina shuttle hurdles team
2004 Vere Tech girls' 4x100-meter relay team
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