Dick Cephas

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A record-setting hurdler at Howard High School, Dick Cephas became a Big Ten champion and University of Michigan record-holder in the low hurdles. At Howard in 1957, Cephas won the state low hurdles championship in a state record 12.2 seconds, and the New Castle County high jump title in 6-0¼, second best to that point in state history. At Michigan, he was a three-time NCAA All-American, earning the honor in the high jump in 1959 and in the 440-yard hurdles in 1960 and 1961. He was the Big Ten outdoor champion in the 220-yard low hurdles in 1961.  He held the university’s indoor records at the 60, 65, 70 and 75-yard low hurdles and outdoor school records in the 220-yard low hurdles, 440-yard and 400-meter inter­mediate hurdles, and high jump, and was a member of school record 4×110 and sprint medley relay teams. Cephas reached the semifinals of the 1960 Olympic Trials, then joined the U.S. Military team, and won a bronze medal in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles at the Military Olympics in Brussels. He was also a member of the United States team that competed in Africa, where his 400-meter intermediate times were faster than the national records of five of the six nations against which he competed. He was a charter inductee of the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994, and was inducted into the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2011.  He died in November 2015.

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