Bill Carr left several marks on intercollegiate athletics, but his best performance came as a junior in 1932, when he represented the United States in the Olympics.  In those Los Angeles Games, Carr set two world records, defeating Stanford’s Ben Eastman, who was the favorite coming into the 400-meter run.  Carr surpassed Eastman within the final 80 meters, crossing the finish line with a time of 46.2 seconds, establishing a world record.

 

Carr’s other gold-medal and record-setting victory at the Olympics was in the 1,600-meter relay, for which he ran the anchor, passing British 800-meter champion, Thomas Hampson, in the stretch.  The team’s time was 3:08.2.  In collegiate racing, Carr bested former Penn runner Ted Meredith’s 440-yard intercollegiate record.

 

In 1932, Carr was the third runner on the Penn Indoor Track team’s 1,600-meter relay, which eventually broke the world record, with him running the lap in 48 seconds.

 

Carr, a co-captain in 1932, was honored with the Class of 1915 Award in 1933.