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Eugene Milener
Eugene Milener
Induction Year: 1998
Sport: Cross Country, Track
Graduation Year: 1952

The first Hall of Fame inductee who participated solely in track and cross country, Eugene Milener is considered the father of Hampden-Sydney Cross Country.  Upon arriving at H-SC as a freshman, he organized the team and served as the coach for four years.  Considered to be one of the top two cross country runners in the state from 1949 to 1951, Milener never lost a dual or triangular meet and finished no worse than second in Little Six meets.

As a senior, Milener broke a course record on the University of Virginia's Observatory Mountain, averaging a 4:53 mile over the duration of the course.  On the track, Milener was a steady point producer for four years.  By the end of his collegiate career, he owned the College's records for the half-mile and two-mile, and anchored the record-breaking mile relay.  He also held the record on H-SC's cross country course.