Seely Eastman ’38 Inducted 1984

Football and Track & Field

Seely   Eastman

Seely Eastman earned all-conference grid honors as Gustavus' "big running back" for two consecutive years and lettered on three championship football teams in the 1930's, but he is even better remembered for his track and field exploits. Entering Gustavus in 1934, he lettered in basketball as a freshman before turning his attention to football and track. He was high point man for the Gustie track team at the conference meet for all four of his years of competition (1935-38), competing in a half dozen individual events--the high jump, hurdles, long jump, discus, and sprints--as well as on the relay teams. At the conference meet in 1935, he was second in the high jump and hurdles and fourth in the long jump. In 1936, he earned firsts in both the high jump and discus events, a second in the hurdles. and another fourth in the long jump. In 1937, he was first in the high jump again and added first place finishes in the long jump and hurdles as well as second place in the discus and the distinction of individual high point honors among all competitors at the meet. Eastman's final meet, in 1938, netted him his third consecutive first-place finish in the high jump, his second first place finish in the long jump, first place in the discus, and second place in the hurdles. He was also a student track coach for all four years. After graduation, Eastman taught physical education and the social sciences while also coaching football and track at Brooten for four years. Following a stint in the military during World War II, he settled in Alexandria, Minn., where he organized community recreation programs and taught and coached in the junior high school. In 1948, he returned to St. Peter as the high school principal but was called to active duty with the National Guard in 1951 and ended up making a career of military service. He retired in Alaska after 20 years of active service and returned to Alexandria. He took up coaching again in 1967. Seely Eastman died in December 1972 and was survived by his wife, Marion.