George Orton was a Red and Blue representative in the 1900 Paris Olympics, where he set a world record in the 2, 500-meter steeplechase and won the bronze in the 400-meter hurdles.  Orton represented the United States, but was the first Canadian compeitior in the Olympics.  The Olympics in 1900, however, was just Orton’s crowning glory, after he had made quite a name for himself at the University of Pennsylvania.


Orton was honored with All-America status for the mile run in 1894, 1895 and 1897; for the two-mile run in 1896; and for the steeplechase in 1894, 1896 and 1897.  He set collegiate records in those three events as well.  In AAU competition, he was the steeplechase and mile champion in three of his four years.


In 1913, Orton began managing the Penn Relays, and he compiled and edited The History of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania 1873-1896.