LANCASTER, Pa. – Six former Franklin & Marshall men's track & field athletes have been named to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Men's Track & Field Century Team. William Sponaugle '37, Bill Iannicelli '48, Thurman Bullock '70, Lou Martucci '79, Eric Holmboe '81, and Talavou Alailima '95 were honored with the accolade.
F&M competed in the MAC until 1993. The Century Team was selected from a combination of an online vote and votes from the MAC Athletic Communication Directors.
A three-sport athlete at F&M, Sponaugle competed in football, basketball and track during his time in Lancaster. While perhaps most known for his play on the gridiron as a football All-American, Sponaugle also shined on the track. He was a two-time MAC champion in the shot put, earning top honors in the event in 1935 and 1936. Sponaugle was inducted into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
Iannicelli was the first track & field All-American in school history in track & field, excelling in the javelin and the long jump. He was a three-time MAC champion in both the javelin (1944, 1947, 1948) and the long jump (1944, 1947, 1948) and claimed All-America accolades in 1947. Iannicelli was inducted into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
Bullock joined the track & field squad as a junior and made an immediate impact. He is a five-time MAC champion, securing top honors twice in the high jump (1968, 1969) and triple jump (1968, 1969), and once in the long jump (1969). Over 40 years after his graduation, he still owns school records in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Bullock helped the Diplomats to the MAC title as a junior and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump as a senior. He was introduced into the F&M Hall of Fame in 1993.
Holmboe was a superb distance runner for the Diplomats, nabbing MAC championships in the two-mile run (1979), 1500 meters (1980), and 5000 meters (1981). He still holds the F&M record in the 5000 meters. Holmboe secured All-American status in 1978 with an eighth-place finish in the 5000. While a superb track competitor, Holmboe excelled in cross country as he remains the only F&M runner to have received All-America accolades four times.
Martucci was a MAC champion in the mile relay and the 440 yard in 1976 and an All-American in 1978. A 2005 inductee in the F&M Hall of Fame, Martucci led the Diplomats to a 42-3 record during his time and held school records in the 400 meters, mile relay, and 1600-meter relay. His 400-meter record still stands to this day. At the 1978 NCAA Championships, Martucci anchored the team of Thomas Sarisky '79, Paul Lyons '81, and Ed Pottmeyer '78 to a fourth-place finish in the 1600-meter relay on their way to All-America honors.
Alailima was a four-time MAC champion, claiming a pair of pair of gold medals in both the discus (1992, 1993) and shot put (1992, 1993). He still owns school outdoor records in the shot put and discus along with the indoor shot put mark. Alailima earned All-America accolades in 1992, taking eighth in the shot put at the national meet.