Hall of Fame

R. Dyke Benjamin
Track & Field

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Harvard Athletic Achievements

Standing tall in fields of shorter men, he drove his lanky frame to record lengths in three years of sensational track and cross country competition. At 6 feet 4 inches in height, he was hard to miss on the cross country course, particularly because he was usually at the head of the pack. He captained the harriers in 1958, fulfilling his leadership by becoming the first Harvard runner to win the Heptagonal championship. The following year he added the Heptagonal outdoor title and capped his career by setting a Harvard two-mile record of 8:55.1 in an Irish meet – stunning time for that era, quite respectable for any era since. Small wonder that he was voted the William J. Bingham Award, highest honor in Harvard athletics.