Not many can say they’ve held a world record in anything, but James Gilhooley of Remsenburg sure can. In 1949, Gilhooley set the world record for flat track in the 600-yard indoor run at the Pioneer Club Championships.
For that achievement, among many others, Gilhooley was inducted into the New York University Athletics Hall Of Fame on May 3 at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life at the school’s Washington Square Campus. He was enshrined along with three other inductees.
Gilhooley, now 86, graduated from NYU’s School of Education in 1950, and during his tenure at the school, he was the star of the men’s track team. He was a five-time Metropolitan Collegiate Champion, three-time Metropolitain AAU Champion and five-time Penn Relay Champion, which he said was one of his fondest memories. Gilhooley was also a member of two IC4A Championship relay teams.
“It was an honor and I was thrilled to get [inducted],” he said. “It was a very well done ceremony, a full afternoon. There were four inductees, including myself, joining about 220 previous members. NYU has a long-established athletic history.”
Gilhooley eventually settled in Remsenburg in 1966. He coached track at Riverhead until 1978 and was eventually named athletic director, a position he held until he retired in 1989.
“This is an especially exciting year for the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame,” Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics, Christopher Bledsoe said, “The members of this class have left both a distinctive mark on New York University Athletics and the University Athletic Association—each is incredibly deserving of this honor.”