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Centennial Moment: On This Day (May 6, 1920) One Hundred Years Ago


Field Day 1920

By Dr. Stephen J. Ochs, Lawler Chair of History

In ideal weather conditions, on a free day granted in honor of Rev. John B. Creeden, S.J., Rector-President of Georgetown College and Prep, the first annual Field Day was held on May 6. According to the New Prep News, ". . . every boy, from smallest to largest, turned out in running togs to compete in various events. These included the 50 and 100 yard dashes, running high jump, running broad jump, sack race, golf drive, and 220 yd. relay. Contestants were divided into two classes, senior and junior. A silver cup with suitable inscription was donated by the Athletic Association of Georgetown College to be awarded to the winner of the greatest number of points, while a silver medal awaited the leader of each class. The events stretched from mid-morning until late afternoon." George Towle took the senior [9th Grade] trophy cup by a wide margin. Ashton Devereaux, besides being the prize winner of the juniors [eighth graders], received the second highest total of points in the final score. Philip Mullin finished a close third.

A banquet, followed the meet. The Gonzaga orchestra provided entertainment, and an impromptu quartet of Prep students entertained between the courses, eliciting "tumultuous applause from the banqueters." Amid cheers, George Towle received the cup "that marked him as the best all-round track man in the school."