2019 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Preview-Anthony Famiglietti
Author: Antony Mantova, Intern
ANTHONY FAMIGLIETTI, Athlete
Anthony Famiglietti was a top tier track athlete at Patchogue-Medford High School in Section XI in the 1990’s. A 1996 graduate, he flourished as a distance runner capturing the NYSPHSAA 3200 meter state championship as well as numerous Section XI Championships, the Loucks Invitational and several other in-season invitationals in that event catapulting him to the top each year. Famiglietti was also part of the 4 x 800 meter relay team that won the NYSPHSAA State Championship his senior year. He continued his athletic career at Appalachian State where he immediately experienced success winning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in cross country as a freshman and was Southern Conference Cross Country Runner Up Runner of the Year as a sophomore. After his sophomore season, he transferred to the University of Tennessee demonstrating consistency and success the final two years of his collegiate career that led to a spot on the United States team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Famiglietti ran a season’s best 3200 in the opening round at the Olympic Games, which also was a personal best and fastest time by an American clocking in at 8:17.34. Along with being a two-time Olympian, he came in first place at the Reebok Grand Prix for the 3200-meter steeplechase and is a six-time US Champion. During his career, he was featured on many different magazines for his accomplishments such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Daily News Newsday, Running Times magazine, Runner’s World Magazine, New York Runner Magazine, and Men’s Journal. In addition to being a talented athlete, Famiglietti is known for his work off the track. He’s devoted himself to community by speaking to high school student-athletes across the country promoting a healthy lifestyle, which is the theme of a self-produced DVD he created called “Run Reckless.” He is internationally known as one of the best distance runners in the world and continues to run today, just recently announcing his attempt to become the fourth master’s division runner to break the four-minute mile barrier.
The Class of 2019 will be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 31st as part of the 96th annual Central Committee Meeting at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona.