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Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame Elects Class of 2013

Ivan C. Dresser, Thomas F. Keane, Shannon Smith, and Leander J. "Lee" Talbott, Jr., are elected to the Class of 2013

Rochester, NY: The Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame proudly announces their Class of 2013. The members of the Class of 2013 are Athletes: Ivan C. Dresser (Cornell University, posthumous), Shannon Smith (Boston College, living in New York City), and Leander J. "Lee" Talbott, Jr. (Cornell University and Penn State University, posthumous), and Coach Thomas F. Keane (Syracuse University, posthumous).

The members of the Class of 2013 will be inducted into the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame at our annual awards banquet to be held at the RIT Inn & Conference Center in Rochester, NY on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

With the election of the Class of 2013, the number of members of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is 71, consisting of 60 men and 11 women. There are 56 athletes (45 male, 11 female), 11 coaches, and 4 contributors in the Hall.

Members of the Class of 2013:

1919 Cornell University graduate Ivan C. Dresser won an Olympic Gold medal in the 3,000 meter team race at the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium. Dresser is a three time IC4A champion winning the 1917 cross country individual championship, the 1918 two mile run, and 1919 two mile run. He was named to the 1919 All-American Intercollegiate and 1919 National track teams. Dresser was Captain of the Cornell Cross Country team 1917 and 1918 and Captain of the Cornell Track and Field Team in 1919. He was Inducted in to the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985 and was conferred the honor of Office of the Order of Leopold II in 1955 by King Baudouin of Belgium.

Thomas F. Keane, born in Rochdale, England, coached track and field at Syracuse University from 1906 until 1945 and was recognized as one of the top coaches in the US in the first half of the 20th century. His teams were undefeated in Cross Country dual meetings for 16 years – the string was broken in 1928. He served as a US Olympic Coach multiple times between 1920 and 1936, and coached at least six US Olympians. Athletes coached by Keane set seven World and US Records, three Olympic Records, one Intercollegiate Record, and won five US National Championships. His Syracuse athletes won 19 IC4A outdoor championships, 8 indoor IC4A championships, 4 IC4A varsity cross country team championships, three IC4A freshman cross country team championships, and 13 Penn Relays championships. Keane was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1949, received Syracuse University's Letterwinners of Distinction Award in 1990, and was elected to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2002. He was elected President of the Niagara Association of the AAU in 1926. Keane was chosen the Syracuse "Man of the Week" in July 1947 and had the 60 yard dash named for him at the Millrose Games -- the "Thomas F. Keane Invitational 60" in 1947.

Shannon Smith, a native of Fairport, NY, and graduated from Fairport High School in 1996, Boston College in 2000 and Duke Law School in 2004. Smith, a five time All-American, won the 2001 NCAA indoor 3,000 meter run championship, becoming the first ever NCAA Women's Champion from Boston College. She is a four-time ECAC Champion (1999 cross country, 1999 indoor 3,000 meter run, 2000 outdoor 3,000 meter run, and 2001 indoor Distance Medley Relay (DMR)), three-time Big East Champion (2001 indoor one mile run, 2001 indoor 3,000 meter run, and 2001 indoor DMR), four-time New England Champion (2000 indoor 1,500 meter run, 2000 outdoor one mile run, 1999 indoor 3,000 meter run, and 1999 cross country), and two-time New England Challenge Cup Final Champion (2000 one mile run and 2000 3,000 meter run). Smith won the 1997 US World Junior Cross Country Trials. She set three Boston College school records (indoor 3,000 meter run, outdoor 5,000 meters, and the 4x1500 meter relay). Recipient of many honors, Smith won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2001, won a BIG EAST Post Graduate Scholarship in 2001, was named 2001 NCAA Woman Of The Year for the state of Massachusetts, was an eight-time recipient of the Lou Tessier Memorial Captain's Award for both cross country and track and field, was named Most Valuable Player on five different occasions over her career, won the 2001 Nathaniel J. Hasenfus "Eagle of the Year" Award as outstanding female athlete in her graduating class, was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, and was named the most outstanding track performer at the 2001 BIG EAST indoor championship. Smith was the 1996 New York State high school outdoor champion at 1,500 meters.

Leander J. "Lee" Talbot, Jr., a Kansas City, Missouri native who attended Cornell University and Penn State University, is one of the few athletes to have competed in three sports at one Olympic Games. He competed in Athletics, Tug-Of-War, and Wrestling at the 1908 Olympic Games. Talbott finished fifth in the Men's Tug-of-War, tied for ninth in the Men's heavyweight division of freestyle wrestling, placed eighth in the Men's Shot Put, placed sixth in the Men's Discus Throw, and placed fifth in the Men's Hammer Throw. He won the 1908 Eastern US Olympic Trials 16 lb hammer throw at Franklin Field, Philadelphia with new US Olympic Trials record that stood until 1920. Between 1909 and 1917 Talbott had 20 podium finishes at the National AAU track and field championships in the shot put (5), discus throw (6), hammer throw (6), and the 56-lb. weight throw (3). He was the 1909 US Champion in the 16 lb hammer throw, 1915 US Champion in the 56 lb weight throw, 1909 US Champion in the 56 lb weight throw, and 1907 National Junior Champion in the Discus Throw. Talbott is a six time Penn Relays in the long throws winning the hammer throw four times and the discus throw twice. He set Penn Relays records in the hammer throw in 1909, the hammer throw in 1910, and the discus throw in 1913. He was the 1909 IC4A hammer throw champion. He set a World and US Record in the 12 pound Hammer throw (190' 9") in 1907, set an Interscholastic Record in 12 pound hammer throw (197' 0 l-2") in 1907, set an Interscholastic Record in the 12 pound shot put (40' 8") in 1907, set the Interscholastic Record for the 12-lb. hammer, 4-ft. handle over all, 7- ft. circle (185' 5 1/4") in 1906, and set the Eastern Intercollegiate and All-America College Record in the 16-lb. hammer (173' 6') in 1910. Talbott was added to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame in 2007 and was named to the 1910 All-America College Team in the 16-lb Hammer throw.

Dresser and Talbott are the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh persons with ties to Cornell University elected to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame joining Herbert J. Mols (Contributor, Class of 1998), John Paul Jones (Class of 1999), Charles H. Moore (Class of 2000), Meredith C. "Flash" Gourdine (Class of 2001), John F. "Jack" Moakley (Coach, Class of 2001), Louis C. "Lou" Montgomery (Coach, Class of 2001), Alma Richards (Class of 2001), Irvin "Bo" Roberson (Class of 2001), John F. Anderson (Class of 2002), Albert W. Hall (Class of 2002), Peter D. Pfitzinger (Class of 2002), John F. "Jack" Warner, Sr. (Coach, Class of 2002), Frank K. Foss (Class of 2003), Robert J. Kane (Contributor, Class of 2003), Tell S. Berna (Class of 2004), Edward T. Cook, Jr. (Class of 2005), Henry A. "Hank" Russell (Class of 2005), Doriane Lambelet (Coleman), Class of 2006), Jon P. Anderson (Class of 2008), Stephanie A. Best (Class of 2010), Harry Franklin Porter (Class of 2010), Walter S. Ashbaugh (Class of 2011), Thomas L. Gage (Class of 2011), David C. Munson (Class of 2011), and Stephen M. Machooka (2012).

Talbott is the fourth person with ties to Penn State University elected to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame joining William J. Cox (Class of 2008), Kathy D. Mills (Parker) (Class of 2008), and Dr. Alan L. Jones (Class of 2012).

Keane is the thirteenth person with ties to Syracuse University elected to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame joining Myer Prinstein (Class of 1999), Raymond Barbuti (Class of 2000), Charles D. Reidpath (Class of 2001), John F. Warner, Sr. (Class of 2002), Oscar B. Jensen (Class of 2003), Allen S. Woodring (Class of 2003), Edward T. O'Brien (Class of 2006), Anthony Washington (Class of 2006), Marquis F. "Bill" Horr (Class of 2007), Jerome F. Riordan (Class of 2008), Steven J. Dering (Class of 2009), and Chester A. Bowman (Class of 2010).

About the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame

Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. The purpose of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who made significant and outstanding contributions to the Sport of Athletics (including Track & Field, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and Cross Country Running) while living within the geographic boundaries (New York State West of and including the counties of Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, and Broome) of the Niagara Association as athletes (including Masters), coaches, and/or contributors (including administrators and competition officials).

Nominations to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame close on February 15th each year. Any person may submit nominations for this Hall of Fame. Nomination forms may are available on the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame website ( In order to be considered, an individual needs to be nominated.

PDF version: Class of 2013 Press Release


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