Philip Good '36

Philip Good '36

If the true measurement of athletic greatness is that your records stand the test of time, perhaps there has been no greater athlete at Bowdoin than Phil Good. An incredible track athlete who specialized in the high hurdles, Good still holds records that are the oldest on the books, having stood for nearly 70 years in a sport in which records are seemingly made to be broken.

Phil Good was the headliner on legendary coach Jack Magee's greatest teams. It was truly a "golden age" for the Polar Bears as the track squad won a remarkable four consecutive state titles and a New England Championship. In the spectacular New England Championships of 1934, Good led Bowdoin to the crown, taking the victory in the 120-yard high hurdles and tying the New England record in 14.8 seconds. In the 1935 New England Championships, Good won both the 120- and 220-yard hurdle events and was honored as the outstanding performer as the only double-winner of the day. In his last two years at Bowdoin, Good never lost a heat or a final in a New England meet.

Good seemingly performed his best in front of tremendous crowds, capturing the ICAAAA hurdle championship in Philadelphia in front of 60,000 spectators. He also competed in world-renowned events at Madison Square Garden, the Boston Garden, and in Tokyo. During his career he tied the 40-, 45-, and 50-yard hurdle world records. Perhaps the most notable non-victory of his remarkable career came in 1936 when he narrowly missed making the Olympic team headed to the pre-war Berlin Games. He earned his M.D. at Harvard in 1940, and after serving more than three years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II he returned to Maine and became a distinguished pediatrician in Augusta, Maine.

Phil Good's accomplishments on the track are awe-inspiring. The hurdles have been run at the same height and distance for nearly 100 years and no one at Bowdoin has come within 4/10ths of a second of Good's school mark in the 120-meter high hurdles. A native of South Portland, Maine, Dr. Good graduated Bowdoin cum laude with a degree in chemistry. He married the late Eleanor Munson, and together they raised four children. Dr. Good has eight grand children and still resides in Augusta.