Hall of Fame

Peter C. Harpel
Track & Field

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Harvard Athletic Achievements

A field event man of both muscle and mind, he revolutionized weight-throwing techniques and equipment. Experimenting with the grip on the 35-pound weight, he gradually developed a new handle that was the prototype of present day equipment. As a competitor he blended balance, speed and technique to become the IC4A hammer champion, break a Harvard record that had stood for eight years, and be named to the All-American team.