The Cross Country and Track and Field program at Syracuse University has long been a program breeding success. From the time that the Thomas F. Keane, the head coach at Syracuse University from 1906 to 1945, took the reigns of the program, the foundations for a successful
A portrait of the famed Syracuse University Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Thomas F. Keane.
Photo Credit: “Thomas F. Keane.” Thomas F. Keane. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.
program were put into place. Cross Country and Track and Field have long been honored sports for the naturalness of the act of running and the consequently great competition that followed.
Saltine Warrior mascot at an SU football game in 1977.
The Saltine Warrior was the official mascot of Syracuse University for 47 years from 1931 to 1978. In 1931, the Saltine Warrior was born in a hoax published by The Syracuse Orange Peel, a student-run newspaper. For 45 years, the hoax of the Saltine Warrior was widely believed to be true until student researched unveiled the truth in 1976. In 1978, protest from Onkwehonweneha, the Native American student organization on campus, lead to the removal of the Saltine Warrior as Syracuse University’s official mascot .