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W. Fred Harmer

Hall of Fame induction:  1994

Harmer was probably the first noted Delaware track and field athlete, after winning the Penn Relays 440 low hurdles in 1922. Fred died in 1959 and left an athletic legacy at the University of Delaware as a football, basketball and baseball star. But it was in track that he made his greatest mark when in 1922 he established school records of 51.0 for 440 yards and 2:02.0 at 880 yards. Both records stood for 30 years. Fred was remembered years later by an old News-Journal editor as having placed second in a five mile cross country race that finished between the halves of a football game. Then he put on a uniform and played halfback the rest of the game.

Fred was an active AAU official for many years, and served as a timer at the Penn Relays from 1947 through 1958.

Delaware T&F Hall of Fame member

Delaware T&F Hall of Fame member

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