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Robert Crawford

Track & Field (Inducted: 1983-84)


Robert  Crawford

Robert Crawford won seven individual Middle Atlantic States Intercollegiate Association track championships and held five school records at the time of his graduation. He also unofficially held the cross country course record.

In addition to his achievements in a Lafayette uniform, Crawford was a member of the United States Olympic team which competed at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium. His specialty was the 10,000 meter cross country race, in which he placed 40th and helped the Americans to a fourth place finish.

Against Johns Hopkins as a freshman, Crawford's mile time of 4:22 set a College and Southern Intercollegiate record. And later that year he added the Conference mile title. From his sophomore year on, Crawford never lost either the 880 or the mile in a dual meet. And at the MASIAA Championships that year, he claimed three victories, winning the 880 in 2:03, the mile in 4:37.4 and the two mile in a record time of 10:11.4.