John S. Collier
Team: Track & Field

John S. Collier '29
Track & Field
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John S. Collier ’29, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, placed third in the 110-meter high hurdles in the 1928 Olympics with a 14.8 clocking. While a captain his senior season, Collier gained national ranking as the indoor and outdoor IC4A champion in the hurdles. He climaxed his career by dethroning Ross Nichols of Stanford as American intercollegiate high hurdles champion in the IC4A meet with a 14.6, only one-fifth of a second off the world mark. Collier made a sensational comeback in 1934 when he came out of retirement to win the 60 high hurdles in 7.5, three-tenths of a second faster than the world mark. Collier was president of the Cammarian Club and the senior class. His record: 1927 – NE’s: 2nd, 120 h.h, 3rd 220 l.h. IC4A’s 2nd, 120 h.h. 1928 – 2NE’s: 1st, 120 h.h. (15.0, new meet record), 2nd, 220 l.h. IC4A’s 2nd, 120 h.h. Olympics: 3rd, 110-meter h.h. (14.8). 1929 – NE’s: 1st, 120 h.h. (15.0), 1st, 220 l.h. (24.4). IC4A’s: 1st, 120 h.h. (14.6).