F. Alexis Schulten '66

F. Alexis Schulten '66

Another legendary figure in the history of Bowdoin track and field throwers, Alex Schulten established a standard of success that has stood the test of time.

Hailing from nearbyWoolwich, Schulten honed his craft under the watchful eyes of coach Frank Sabasteanski and his predecessor, record-holding hammer thrower BillMcWilliams ’57. As a sophomore, he won the NCAA Championship in the hammer throw with a toss of 191 feet, 6 inches, to earn AAU All-American recognition in both the collegiate and university divisions—nearly unheard of for a smallcollege athlete. Later that summer, Schulten was a finalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials, just missing out on an Olympic berth.

Schulten continued to excel as an upperclassman, going undefeated in the 35-pound weight throw and capturing the Indoor College Championship as a junior. Again he was undefeated in the hammer throw outdoors, earning AAU All-American honors and notching the top collegiate throw of the year with a school record 202 feet, 11 inches—a mark that still stands today.

Among his career accolades were the Elmer Longley Hutchinson Memorial Trophy “for conduct on and off the field” and the Frederic Tootell Trophy for most outstanding field performer at theMaine State Championship. He graduated holding every Bowdoin and state record in the hammer throw and 35-pound indoor weight throw.

An outstanding all-around student-athlete, Schulten was an English major who collected dean’s list honors. A fraternity president, he was also a tenor in the Glee Club and the Bowdoin Bachelors. Schulten was born in New York City in 1944 and married the former ElizabethWitham. After Bowdoin, he was a teacher, a track and field coach at Colby College, and an insurance and real estate executive. He died unexpectedly in 1986.