2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
WILLIAM U. "BILL" REYBOLD
Men's Cross Country (1951-53)
Men's Swimming & Diving (1951-54)
Men's Outdoor Track & Field (1952-55)
Inducted in 2007
A standout in cross country, track and field, and swimming at the University of Delaware in the early 1950's, Bill Reybold earned nine varsity letters as a Blue Hen and was named UD's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1954. Reybold excelled on the track where he was a three-year standout distance runner under Ken Steers and placed sixth in the half-mile at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1954 at Michigan. He won the Middle Atlantic Conference outdoor mile title in 1954 after finishing second in 1953 and set Delaware records in the half-mile (1:53.9) and mile (4:18.6), the latter a standard that had previously stood for 33 years. He was a two-year captain and course record-holder in cross country and placed fourth at the MAC championships as a senior in 1953 after placing 11th as a junior. In swimming, he was a three-year letterwinner and competed for teams that had a combined dual record of 25-3-1 under Hall of Fame head coach Harry Rawstrom and captured the 1954 Middle Atlantic Conference team title. He also played freshman football at Delaware. A native of Newark, Del., he earned his degree in agronomy from Delaware in 1954 and worked for more than 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil scientist in Maryland and Indiana and retired as National Leader for Soil Geography in Washington, DC. He also served for over 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a colonel.
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