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Friday, August 27, 2010

One of Yale's best to retire at end of season

You know you've made quite an impression when the coaching position you have is named after you.

His full name is included three times in the first three sentences of Yale's release.

In all seriousness, Mark Young has done an extraordinary amount for Yale and the sports of track and field and cross country over the years.

Here is part of Yale's release. The full release can be read at

Mark Young ’68, Yale’s Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, announced that he will retire from that position at the conclusion of the upcoming cross country season.

Young, who is entering his 31st season as a coach at Yale, will remain with the program coaching the women’s track and field team’s distance and middle distance runners through the spring.

Associate head coach David Shoehalter will be Yale’s new Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Young’s retirement caps a career that has been marked by many significant accomplishments.

Since returning to his alma mater as a coach in 1980, Young has led Yale to six Heptagonal Championships and four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships in women’s cross country.

The Bulldogs have also won four ECAC titles under Young's guidance. The director position that now bears his name was endowed in his honor in 2008.

Young was the national Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1987, when he led Yale to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships -- the best finish ever for an Ivy League women’s team.
He also earned District I Cross Country Coach of the Year honors for the third straight time that season.

In track and field Young was named NCAA District I Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 1987, when Yale won the outdoor Heptagonal Championship and finished second indoors.

In addition, many individuals have been recognized for their achievements. Yale has had 19 All-America selections in cross country and 17 in track and field during Young's tenure.


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