Kenneth D. Clapp
Team: Track & Field

Kenneth D. Clapp '40
Track & Field
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Kenneth D. Clapp ’40 was the greatest sprinter and low hurdler in the first 60 years of Brown track. He made history when he won three events in the New Englands in 1939 in the most amazing show of speed and stamina in the 53-year history of that event. The 6-0, 160-pound speedster bucked a headwind in winning the 100 in 10 1-5 seconds, came back and won the 220 low hurdles in 23 4-5 seconds for a new New England Intercollegiate record, and then topped off a two-day schedule that included nine races by winning the 220-yard dash in 21 2-5 second to equal the N.E. Intercollegiate record. The following week, at the 63rd annual IC4A meet in New York, Clapp took the 220 low hurdles in 21.2. Some 30 years after he hung up his track shoes, Captain Clapp still holds the Brown record for the 100 with a 9.8 clocking. While running for the New York Athletic Club, Clapp equaled the world’s 40-yard dash record with a 4.5 clocking.