Track Association Celebrates Annual Dinner and Honors Mark Young

Head coach Mark Young '68. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Head coach Mark Young '68. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Over 150 student-athletes, alumni and friends gathered at the Yale Club of New York City to celebrate the annual Track Association dinner and honor retiring coach, Mark Young '68, for his incredible service to his alma mater. 

Track Association Presidents, Larry Kreider '69 and Louisa Garry '87 served as MCs for the evening which included a number of speakers, including former Cornell and Princeton coaches.  After remarks from former rivals, David Shoehalter, the new Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track & Field took the mic to honor his former boss and to introduce the seniors who attended the dinner.  The dinner also featured remarks from the two current captains, Marty Evans '11 and Eve King '11.

The dinner concluded with remarks from alumni who both competed for Coach Young or have known him since his time as a student at Yale.  Those speakers included Kate O'Neill Tenforde '03, Laura O'Neill '03, Margaret Wynne Brennan '85 , Vickie Nicolau Neff '85  and Jim Wade '59.  Before the honoree of the evening took the podium, some of his alumnae presented an incredible photo book that they compiled which included images of Young's entire career at Yale.   Those presenters were Anne Martin '05 and Lindsay Donaldson '08.

We know it is hard for many people to travel to the dinner in NY, so the Department of Athletics is planning another reception to honor Coach Young during the Outdoor Track Heptagonals, which are being hosted by Yale.  That event will be on May 7, 2011 and more information will be released shortly.

For photos of the event, click here.