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Jim Ashcroft -
Elected in 1984 ... 1964 Spring Valley H.S. graduate ... track sprinter par excellence ... known as “Jimmy the Jet” ... set still-standing Rockland record of 9.5 seconds in 100-yard dash in ‘64 County meet ... also won 220 in 22.1 and ran on Tigers’ county record-setting 880 relay (1:33.2) ... that year, he also won the New York State 100 dash crown and placed fifth in the 220 ... in basketball, he was a three-year varsity guard who earned first-team All-County his senior year ... also a three-year running back on gridiron ... chosen Spring Valley Athlete of the Year in 1964 ... at Florida A&M, he anchored 440-yard relay teams to three straight victories at the Penn Relays, the last of which, 1967, set a national record of 40.1 ... he once led off an A&M 880 relay in a sizzling 20.4 for 220 yards ... won the 100 dash at the Jesuit Relays in Tampa., Fla., in personal-best 9.4 ... later played semipro football with the Rockland Warriors and Spring Valley A’s, and coached track and football at Spring Valley.

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