Track and Field to Host Sol Butler Classic

Jan 17, 2019

Solomon Butler - Hall of Fame

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque track and field team will jump start their 2018-2019 indoor season on Saturday when they host the 2019 Sol Butler Classic in the UD CRWC. Field events will begin at 10:30 a.m., with running events getting underway at 11:00 a.m.

The teams competing with the Spartans at the 2019 Sol Butler Classic will be Clarke, Loras and Luther.

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The Man Behind the Meet
Solomon W. Butler is one of, if not the greatest, student-athlete in the history of the University of Dubuque.  Butler earned letters in Track, Football, Baseball and Basketball over his years at UD before graduating in 1920. In 1918, he anchored the Drake Relays championship 4x100 relay, while also finishing second in the 100-yard dash. After winning the 100m dash and broad jump at the Penn Relays in 1919, he took first place in the broad jump with a record leap of 24’10” at the Inter-Allied Games in Paris, while also placing in the 100m dash.

Butler was one of three African-Americans to qualify for the USA National Team for the 1920 Olympics. Despite pulling a leg muscle on his first jump of the 1920 Olympics, he still managed to finish in 7th place in the broad jump at 21’7 7/8”. Butler would return home from the Olympics and win the broad jump at the AAU Championships with a jump of 24’8”.

This is the 100 year anniversary of Sol Butler setting the University of Dubuque school record in the long jump. His record mark of 24’9.75” (7.56m) still stands to this day.

Butler was a standout on the football field as well, playing for four different teams in the National Football League. He also made a brief appearance in baseball’s Negro Leagues, pitching professionally for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1925

Field Events

10:30 a.m. - Weight Throw – (M/W)
10:30 a.m. - Shot Put – in second ring (W/M)
10:30 a.m. - Long Jump – (W/M) then Triple Jump (W/M)
10:30 a.m. - High Jump – (M/W) then Pole Vault – (W/M)

Running Events
11:00 a.m. - W 55M Dash Prelims  
11:15 p.m. - M 55M Dash Prelims
11:30 p.m. - W Mile Run
11:45 p.m. - M Mile Run
12:15 p.m. - W 55M Hurdle Finals
12:20 p.m. - W 55M High Hurdle Finals
12:30 p.m. - W 55M Dash Finals
12:35 p.m. - M 55M Dash Finals
12:45 p.m. - W 400M Dash
12:55 p.m. - M 400M Dash
1:05 p.m. - W 600M Dash
1:20 p.m. - M 600M Dash
1:30 p.m. - W 4x200M Relay
1:35 p.m. - M 4x200M Relay
1:45 p.m. - W 1000M Run
1:55 p.m. - M 1000M Run
2:10 p.m. - W 200M Dash
2:25 p.m. - M 200M Dash
3:00 p.m. - W 3000M Run
3:15 p.m. - M 3000M Run
3:30 p.m. - W 4x400M Relay
3:40 p.m. - M 4x400M Relay

-Fast heats will run last in all running events.