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Track and Field Remains one of Oldest Sports at Colorado State
The history of track and field can be traced as far back as 1892 and
although research has not been completed, it may be the oldest and
council was founded in March of 1892, track was one of the two
sports considered to be established at Colorado Agricultural College.

The students had taken part in an event called field day as early as
the late 1880s, but no intercollegiate track competition has been
traced before the formation of the Intercollegiate Athletic association
of Colorado in March of 1893.

Even though football remained the king sport at CAC, track events
had their genesis around the same time as football. Track died away
with college president Alson Ellis, just as football, but events for the
annual field day remained when football died off between 1895 and
Durkee Field becomes
Durkee Track in 1899
school and a new athletic council was formed in
February of 1899. In May of that same year the first
official athletic field was built, not just for football and
military drill, but track and field events as well. Later
named Durkee Field in 1901, the site known best by its
wooden fence housed all athletics from 1899 to 1911,
although no cinder track was installed until 1909.

The former site of Durkee Field, which is where the
South College Gym now stands, has remained the oldest
location athletics have been played on the campus with
the Field House still acting as the indoor track facility.
Runners cross the finish line at Durkee Field in 1903. The picture is
looking south with College Avenue at left and the rail road tracks at
right. (Photo from Rich Delanoy collection)
Track and Field as an intercollegiate sport is as old to the
CSU campus as football. It was first established around
1892-1893. (Photo from Rich Delanoy collection)
Track and Field
Harry W. Hughes Transforms Track in 1911 and coaches into the 1950s
Above: The 1929 Track team coached by Harry Hughes (left
in dark jacket). Left: In 1948 Harry Hughes entered his 38th
season as the track coach at the school. Here he is seen with
two of Colorado State University's greatest athletes, Fum
McGraw (left) and Jack Christiansen.
All athletics benefited from the addition of Harry Hughes as
the school's director of athletic in 1911. Harry W. Hughes
1900s. When he graduated from Oklahoma, Hughes held
seven track records at OU and he took his knowledge of
Aggie track team until the early 1950s.

Hughes' greatest athlete is not known for his football or
basketball career, but rather as the World's Greatest
Athlete of 1936 after winning the 1936 Decathlon in the
Berlin Olympics. That athlete was Glenn Morris, who after
graduating from Colorado State lived in the South College
Gym and trained under Harry Hughes to win a spot on the
1936 US Olympic team.

Glenn Morris was not Hughes' only great athlete in track.
Dan Beattie, a football star was also an accomplished track
star who earned All-American status in 1929 for his talents
in the heavy competition such as hammer throw and shot

Hughes finally gave up the position of track coach three
years before his retirement in 1953, but he still ranks as the
longest serving track coach at CSU.
Glenn Morris (at left) was an
outstanding track athlete who
also played end in football. He
outstanding track athlete who
State campus after his
graduation to train for the
graduation to train for the
1936 Olympics and won the
1936 Olympics and won the
Decathlon to earn the name
"World's Greatest Athlete" of
Track Remains a Highly Important
Sport on the CSU Campus
Clockwise - Alex Burl at 1952 conference track meet, 1956
track meet and Jack Christiansen circa 1948.