BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Penn Relays Carnival has announced its Wall of Fame Class of 2017, which includes legendary Bowdoin thrower Fred Tootell '23.
One of the most exclusive honors in track & field, the Penn Relays Wall of Fame Class of 2017 includes just four athletes and four relay teams, which were selected by a panel of Penn Relays experts. The sole restriction in the nomination process is that only retired athletes (or those now competing as masters) may be nominated, and inductees are honored solely for their accomplishments at the Penn Relays; achievements in any other meets are not considered.
A member of the Bowdoin class of 1923, Tootell competed only once at the Penn Relays as a senior, but made the most of his appearance with a Carnival-record hammer throw of 174-5, a mark which lasted until 1940. When he set the meet record, Tootell became the seventh-farthest thrower in world history, and only he bested that mark in the world that year. One year later, Tootell won the Olympic Games in his last season of competition before retiring to the coaching ranks. He was the first American-born winner of the Olympic hammer throw.
Tootell was inducted into the Bowdoin Hall of Honor in 2005. A complete bio is available here. View video of his 1924 Olympic victory below.