Pasadena, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2016) – The final feature in our Olympic Spotlight series, 1956 graduate and inaugural Caltech Athletics Hall of Honor inductee Phil Conley placed 10th in the javelin throw at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
An NCAA champion and three-time SCIAC champion in javelin, Conley also competed on the football, basketball and baseball teams while at Caltech. He earned a total of eight All-SCIAC honors across the traditional tri-sports and served as captain of each in his senior year.
Conley qualified for the Final Round of the Olympic competition with a throw of 68.50 meters, then recorded a 69.74 mark for his farthest throw, briefly ranking as high as ninth before finally settling in at 10th place. He continued competing well after that summer, earning a silver medal in the 1959 Pan American Games and recording a career-best throw of 79.30 meters in 1964, before finally hanging up his spikes and earning an MBA from Harvard, although he continued to compete in masters meets and served as an assistant coach at Stanford.