First Team All-American Ray Hupp won the 1971 NCAA decathlon title, improving upon his seventh place finish in 1970. Hupp, who lettered for the Buckeyes from 1969-71, competed at the 1972 Olympic Trials and was selected as part of the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1974.
Hupp’s Ohio Stadium decathlon record (7,456 points) set in 1971 has been retired. He held on to the overall school record for more than 40 years and remains No. 2 all-time at Ohio State in the event. He also held indoor and outdoor school high jump records when he graduated, and was the first American to jump 7’ in a decathlon event. Hupp, whose competitive career was ended because of injuries, has spent much of his post-collegiate career volunteering in youth athletics, primarily with USA Swimming and Track and Field.