Former Riverhead High School coach James Gilhooley was among the newest members to be inducted into the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Gilhooley, a 1950 graduate of NYU’s School of Education, set the world record for flat track in the 600-yard indoor event at the Pioneer Club Championships in 1949. A five-time Metropolitan Collegiate champion, four-time Metropolitan AAU champion and a five-time Penn Relays champion, Gilhooley was also a member of two IC4A championship relay teams.
Riverhead established an annual award in honor of Gilhooley, which is given to a distance runner at each spring. Gilhooley was also an athletic director and teacher at Riverhead.