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In Honor of Steve Caminiti '64

By: Brandon Lebrock '10
The Family of Steve Caminiti Presents National Record Awards to Crespi Carmelite High School On the 55th Anniversary of Achievement
May 9, 1964 was a great day in track and field history when hurdler Steve Caminiti brought national attention to Crespi Carmelite High School as he achieved two National Records at the Camino Real League Track and Field Championships.

Please click here to view a highlight reel of Steve's accomplishments: "Celebrating the Steve Caminiti Glory Days"
On the 55th anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Caminiti family presents the National Record certificates to Crespi in memory of Steve, who passed away July 1, 2018.

Nicknamed the "Crespi Comet" by the media, Caminiti executed a stunning performance at the Camino Real League Championships by matching the national record of 13.7 seconds in the 120-Yard High Hurdle race; and just hours later breaking the 180-Yard Low Hurdle record in 18.1 seconds, a record that still stands today.

Steve has always attributed his athletic success to the support he received from Crespi, and from the leadership of Coach Bill Leeds. After attending the University of New Mexico on a track scholarship, Caminiti had the opportunity to once again work with Coach Leeds and give back to Crespi, as a Track and Field coach from 1977 to 1982. He then taught at Reseda High School for thirty years and continued his passion of coaching track and field and cross-country.

Crespi will forever remember and celebrate Steve's accomplishments as a student, alumnus, coach, and track legend. In his honor, we will be permanently displaying his record-setting plaques inside of the Crespi commons in the trophy cases.