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Ned Bacon is one of Denison's early track and field greats. He owned the Ohio Conference record in the 220 low hurdles until it was later broken by Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard.
In 1933 and again in 1934, Bacon placed in the national NCAA track and field championships in both the high and low hurdles events—and that was in an era when colleges of all sizes participated in the same meet. That established Bacon as one of the six top hurdlers in the nation each year. Ned finished fourth in 120 high hurdles and fifth in the 220 low hurdles at the 1933 NCAA Championships. The following year, he was fifth in the 120 high hurdles and sixth in the 220 low hurdles.
On the Denison campus, Bacon was president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was a pre-med major. Tragically, he died of cancer in 1936 while still a student in medical school.