Arthur Llewllyn Wright
Arthur Llewllyn Wright
Team: Track & Field

Arthur Llewellyn Wright '06
Sport:
Track & Field
Year Inducted:
1985

The 1906 Liber Brunensis invoked an image from the ancient classics when it praised the achievements of Arthur Llewellyn Wright ’06 Brown’s record-setting one and two-miler. “Al is a reincarnation of the old Marathon runner,” intoned the Liber. With a bit of hyperbole, perhaps, the yearbook scribe continued: “He has put all kinds of stop watches out of commission, and in track meets is in the habit of taking a newspaper with him on the two-mile run to keep awake. Wright probably didn’t read newspapers during his races, but he got his name in them regularly for winning. On May 22, 1897, at the New England Track Championships held in Worcester, Massachusetts, Wright led Brown to a second-place finish by winning both the mile (in 4.33) and the two-mile (in a record-setting 10:08). In the 1898 New England Championships, Wright again won the mile in a record 4:24.6. (He finished second in the two-mile, to teammate Oren Bean, who established a new New England record.) Wright and Hall-of-Famer David Hall ’01 were the stars of this 1898 team that brought Brown its first New England championship, shared that year with Amherst. Wright’s mile time (4:24.6) was among the best in the world then, and it stood as a Brown record until 1913, when it was broken by Olympian Norman Taber ’12, another member of the Hall of Fame. Aside from Taber, no other Brown athlete bettered Wright’s time until the late 1940s. The mile mark was one of three Brown track records Wright held. He set records in the 880 (2:00.6) and the two-mile (10:04.6). Arthur Wright dropped out of Brown in 1898 and returned in 1904. He picked up his illustrious college track career where he had left it, and in 1905 again won the New England mile (4:36.6) and the two-mile (10:12.8). In 1906, his senior year, Wright was captain of the Brown team and finished second in the New England mile, helping to lead Brown to a second-place finish overall.