Robert Williams ('57)

Track & Field

Robert Williams - Hall of FameRobert Williams won six Iowa Conference track titles in his four years at the University of Dubuque, causing spectators to label the Spartan track teams "Williams & Co." He led the team in scoring as a freshman and won the first of his conference titles in the broad jump. He led UD to its second and third straight runner-up finishes at the conference meet as a sophomore and junior by being a member of the winning 880-yard relay team. He set a record for most points in a season with 95 as a junior. He concluded his collegiate career in 1951 by winning three events and leading the Spartans to the IIAC Championship, its first in a string of six consecutive. He scored 22 1/4 points of the teams 59 points, breaking conference and school hurdle records that originally had been established by Sol Butler over three decades earlier. 

He won the broad jump, 120-yard high hurdles, and anchored the winning 880-yard relay team. His hurdle time was a conference record 14.9 and was an exceptional feat since it came after a 30-minutes shower had soaked the track. Overall during his senior season Williams totaled 26 1/2 points in each of Dubuque's four dual meets by scoring firsts in the 100- and 200-yard dashes, the high and low hurdles, broad jump, and anchoring the 880-yard relay team.

- from 1989 Hall of Fame program