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“Pride of Schenectady:” Ray Trail's short but brilliant running career earns a place in Hall of Fame

Ray Trail, left, poses with teammates Ernie Marshall, John Scasny and Duncan McFarland after Mont Pleasant won the prestigious distance medley relay championship during the 1936 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Trail also broke world interscholastic mile records and won two national cross country championships during a short but spectacular career. (Photo courtesy of Bob Pezzano)
Ray Trail, left, poses with teammates Ernie Marshall, John Scasny and Duncan McFarland after Mont Pleasant won the prestigious distance medley relay championship during the 1936 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Trail also broke world interscholastic mile records and won two national cross country championships during a short but spectacular career. (Photo courtesy of Bob Pezzano)
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“A blazing red streak scorched across the cinder path horizon to a permanent place in the track world’s hall of fame Saturday afternoon . . .” That’s how the Binghamton Sun described Ray Trail, his cherry and white Mont Pleasant High School uniform glistening in the sun as he broke Glenn Cunningham’s world interscholastic mile record on May 24, 1936, with a time of 4:24.4 in the En Joie Championships. It was one of many outstanding accomplishments ...


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