No Lafayette track star has gained more fame than J. Alfred LeConey. At Lafayette he set numerous sprint records including a 9.7 clocking in the 100 yd. dash which remained intact until 1974.
He won three IC4A championships as a
senior. But he is remembered most for his
performance as the anchor man for the 1924 U.S.
Olympic 400 meter relay team which took the gold
medal in Paris with a world record clocking of 41
seconds. After his return form the Olympics,
LeConey entered a challenge match with the famous
Charley Paddock. LeConey covered the 100 yd.
distance to win in 9.4 seconds - the fastest ever
recorded to that time. The effort was later disallowed
when judges ruled that the time was wind-aided. In
1932 he received an unusual honor when a picture of
him at the 1924 Olympics was used by the U.S. Post
Office in developing a commemorative stamp.