Leo E. Larrivee
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Men's Track & Field
1925
1985

Biography

A native of New Bedford, Mass., Larrivee transferred to Holy Cross from Assumption for his junior year.  He immediately made an impact, becoming the Intercollegiate mile champion. He quickly became recognized as a star middle distance running in the country. 

In cross country, he was second in the New England Championships and placed first at the IC4A Olympics.  During the glory days of Holy Cross track, he was a member of the great relay team of Mulvihill, Higgins, Burns, Larrivee and Tierney. One of Larrivee's crowning achievements was running a 4 minute 18 second mile leg to defeat Fordham and Boston College in the medley relay.  His performances also earned him a spot on the United States Olympic team at the Summer Games in 1924 in Paris in the men's 3000 meter team event.

Shortly after graduating from Holy Cross, he became ill and suffered an early death in 1928. His fame as a runner led to the naming of the mile run in Boston as the Larrivee Mile.