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Tim Bright, ACU’s most versatile Olympian

Tim Bright, ACU’s most versatile Olympian

By on August 11, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

Of the dozens of current or former Abilene Christian University athletes to make an Olympic team in the past 60 years, two stand alone in terms of longevity. Tim Bright (’83) and Delloreen Ennis (’99) each competed in three Olympics – Bright in 1984, 1988 and 1992 for the United States and Ennis in 2000, 2004 and 2008 for […]

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Four Wildcats on an Olympic mission in Rio

By on August 8, 2016 in Sports with 0 Comments

Their assignments are certainly different, yet Wildcats Reyare Thomas (’14), Sayon Cooper (’98), Doug Ferguson (’83) and David Ramsey (’81) are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for at least one common purpose: experiencing Olympic history as insiders at one of the world’s greatest sports spectacles. Thomas is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s track and field […]

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Perfect match: Alums form cancer-fighting duo

Perfect match: Alums form cancer-fighting duo

By on November 12, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Earl Young (’62) doesn’t take no for an answer. Or at least not well. Then again, when you’ve already twice beaten the odds – I’m talking crazy odds, like being struck by lightning while winning the lottery – you’re probably not quick to accept others’ ideas of what can and can’t be done. The man […]

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ACU alum leads life-changing initiative at Nike

ACU alum leads life-changing initiative at Nike

By on July 15, 2015 in Alumni News, Sports with 1 Comment

New footwear designed by Nike innovator and former Abilene Christian University pole vaulter Tobie Hatfield (’87) is a game-changer for people with disabilities. The newest Lebron Zoom Soldier 8 uses Flyease technology, a wraparound design allowing for rear entry with no laces to tie while still providing needed ankle support. The new sneakers will be released to consumers in limited quantities beginning July […]

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Swab story: Young starts life-giving relay

Swab story: Young starts life-giving relay

By on April 26, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Earl Young (’62) had the finest of his many memorable moments on a track running the second leg of a relay. Last Monday at Moody Coliseum, he went first. The man who as a 19-year-old sophomore at Abilene Christian University helped the United States win a gold medal and set a world record in the […]

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VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

By on April 4, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Keith Barnier may not sleep well April 10, the night before Abilene Christian University hosts TCU and Texas Tech University in the biggest triangular track and field meet in ACU in more than half a century, but it will have nothing to do with the purple – and fast – running surface at new Elmer […]

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VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

By on March 29, 2015 in Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Demolition of old Elmer Gray Stadium, a venerable U.S. track and field venue for decades at Abilene Christian University, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 30. It will make way for the eventual footprint of the proposed Wildcat Stadium and a return to on-campus football games for the first time since World War II. Just to the southwest, new Elmer […]

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Time, Life, SI: Wildcats have covered them all

Time, Life, SI: Wildcats have covered them all

By on December 10, 2014 in Academic News, Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

This is Dec. 10 and it’s been 58 years – to the day – since Wildcats appeared on the front covers of Life and Time, two of the most iconic news-feature magazines in the world. Bobby Morrow and Kent Brantly, M.D., were the honorees, the first an Abilene Christian University junior who was an Olympic hero and […]

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Wildcats open season tonight on national TV

Wildcats open season tonight on national TV

By on August 27, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

It would be an understatement to refer to Abilene Christian University’s game tonight in Atlanta with Georgia State University as the only game in town. In fact, it’s the only college football contest being played in America and ESPNU will broadcast it nationally beginning at 6 p.m. CST. ACU’s Alumni Association is hosting a pregame […]

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Olympic Diary: Politics, sport often mix

Olympic Diary: Politics, sport often mix

By on August 5, 2012 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

We discovered this rare photograph recently and were amazed at the history it represented. The Olympic Games, for as hard as they work to give sport a venue to overcome politics and international discord, are often prime showcases for them. The Olympic spirit, however, seems to largely find a way to overcome dissension and restore […]

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