July 15,2018-   The Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame announced 6  new inductees and 1 Outstanding Team to it's "Hall of Fame" in 2018.   Dave Thomas, founder and president of the BPCCHOF tabulated the votes from the Hall of Fame committee and is proud to announce that the 2018 Class will include Eamonn Coghlan (Villanova), Sydney Maree(Villanova), Dave Merrick (Penn), Kevin Quinn (Saint Joseph), Fred Rosenfeld (Overbrook/Central HS), and Browing Ross (Villanova/Penn AC), along with the 1959 Cardinal Dougherty HS Boys Cross Country Team.  The inductees were selected from a list of over 70 nominated athletes/coaches with outstanding careers in distance running and connections to Philadelphia.  The committee selects 3 local (born within or near Philadelphia) and 3 non-local (connected to Philadelphia by school or club) and 1 Outstanding Team.

Eamonn Coglan, "The Chairman of the Boards" from Ireland was won of the most dominant and celebrated distance runners from Villanova University winning 4 NCAA mile titles. He was one the world's dominant milers of the 70s and 80s, competed in 4 Olympic Games and was a World Champion at 5,000 meters.  Besides winning 7 Wanamaker Miles,  he is the first miler to break the 3:50 barrier indoors and the first Master (40+) to break the 4 minute mile.  He competed in a number of races on the Classic 5.2 Mile Course at Belmont Plateau while running cross country for Villanova in the 1970s.

Sydney Maree, another of the world class distance runners that attended Villanova University in the 1970s. Maree came to Philadelphia from South Africa and was a top cross country  as well as track runner at Villanova, winning multible NCAA titles and setting college records for the 1500 and 5,000.  Post college, Maree became one of the worlds dominant distance runners setting records in the 1500 and 5,000 meters and finally able to compete in the Olympic games after becoming a US citizen. He set US records in the 1500/5,000.  Maree grew world wide attention and sympathy after being falsely imprisoned in South Africa and was recently released from prison. 

 Dave Merrick, the greatest distance run in Penn history.  He was a 2x  Illinois State Champion in cross country who ran dominant performances for Penn in cross country in track winning 3 ICAAAA Cross Country Championships, top 10 finish in the NCAA Cross Country Champs, and most of all known as holding course records on the USA historic cross country courses. In 1975, Merrick broke course records at Van Cortlandt Park and the famed Belmont Plateau Classic 5.2 mile course (a record that still stands 40 years later)!

 Kevin Quinn was a Saint Joe Hawk great from high school to retirement. He started his distance running career for Saint Joe's Prep, competing four years for Saint Joseph College and as head coach for over 6 decades for Saint Joseph University men and later women's cross country/track and field programs.  He was a Mid Atlantic Conference champion in the mile and cross country during his running career and later coached many Atlantic 10 champions, NCAA All Americans  and Olympians.

 Fred Rosenfeld lived to coach cross country and track & field from the time he graduated Temple in the 1960s to his retirement in 2013.  Starting as an assistant at Overbrook HS, he quickly rose to head coaching position and became one of the most dominant coaches in the Philadelphia Public League and was part over 50 Public league championships in his coaching career for Overbrook and Central High School.  

Browning Ross was truly a special athlete and visionary known more for what he did for the sport after his running career ended. He was one of the first distance stars at Villanova in the 1940s in cross country and the steeplchase who later competed in 1948 and 1952 Olympics and won a gold at the Pan Am Games. One of the most dominant club runners of the 1950s and 60s in the US.  Known nationally after his career as one of the founders of the first publications for distance running, organizing many local road races and most of all, one of the founding members of the Road Runners Club of America.

The 1959 Cardinal Dougherty HS Boys team will be inducted in the "Hall of Fame" for the outstanding and dominant cross country seasons.  In only it's 3rd year since opening it's doors, had an undefeated season winning PCL and City Titles and went up to New York City to win the Eastern States Cross Country Championship and crowned as the top team in the East.

    The 2018 Hall of Fame Class will be honored and inducted at the "Belmont Plateau Classic 5k" on Saturday, August 25th. The 5k cross country race will start at 9am and run on the 5,000 XC course at Belmont Plateau.  The 5k will be proceeded at 8:50 with a 1 mile youth race.  The 5,000 meter will have Cash Awards to the top 3 men/women finishers with $150 to 1st overall MW.   The race will serve as the 2018 USATF Mid-Atlantic Master (40+) Cross Country Championship. Details on how to register and details found by clicking here.   

   "I congratulate all of the 2018 inductees and  I am excited to host the Hall of Fame Ceremony and 5k Race at one of America's premiere cross country courses" says Dave Thomas.  Inductees will receive  memorable awards on August 25, but the long term plan of the BPCCHOF is to build a permenant "Walk of Fame" at Belmont Plateau Park. Donations for this mission can be made on race day as well as mailed in.  Donation Checks made to "Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame" and mail to 611 Jamestown Street, Philadelphia , Pa  19128.   The BPCCHOF is a 503 c non profit company.

Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame
611 Jamestown Street
Philadelphia , Pa  19128

Dave Thomas, Founder and President