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GS Athlete Inducted into Hall of Fame

Monday, February 23, 2009  
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Remarkable George School athlete E. Leroy "Roy" Mercer Sr., Class of 1909, was posthumously inducted into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) Hall of Fame on February 21, 2009, at the PTFCA Indoor State Championship, an event in which Emily Mapelli '12 competed.

As a junior at George School, Roy Mercer Sr. was selected as an alternate for the 1908 Olympic team. A great all-around athlete, he was among the nation's best in the 440-yard dash and the broad jump, and shone in the pole vault with national records of 12 feet, 1/2 inch outdoors in 1908 and 12 feet, 1/8 inch indoors in 1909. His indoor record was less than two inches short of the world record at the time. With a best performance of 21 feet, 9 inches in the broad jump, Roy became the nation's fourth-farthest scholastic jumper in 1908. He also ran the quarter mile in 50 4/5 seconds in 1908, becoming the country's leading scholastic quarter miler for the year. Roy was a full-fledged Olympian in 1912 and an all-American football player that same year.

George School varsity track coach Stephen Moyer '82 accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Roy at the championship, which took place at Penn State University.