Marc Edwin Deneault
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2004
Dedication and an ironclad work ethic propelled Marc Edwin Deneault to a fledgling track and field career at Cornell University.
It ended tragically in a car crash on Dec. 18, 1999 on Interstate 88 in upper New York State.
The death of the popular Big Red athlete had a devastating impact on his teammates.
Track coach Lou Deusing spoke for the team when he said, “What he added in the way of character, one of the intangibles in team success, will be greatly missed.”
Marc, along with his twin brother Richard, secured a track scholarship at Cornell after a successful career with St. Lawrence High School Saints, Cornwall Legion Cougars, and Ottawa Lions track teams.
He held multiple Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry records while excelling in the 100 and 400 metre events. He was a six-time Ontario qualifier in over a dozen events from the midget to senior levels.
Five times he was named the Saints’ Most Valuable Performer in track and field.
Marc was a member of the Ottawa Lions 4 x 400m relay team which set a club record and was a member of the 4 x 400m team which won silver at the National track and field Championship.
Despite a bout of mononucleosis, Marc’s career at Cornell was picking up where his highly successful high school career left off.
During his career at Cornell, the former SLHS track star was a six-time Ivy League performer, and the all-time seventh place finisher in the 200m event.
He posted personal best times of 10.84 seconds in the 100m, 21.3 in the 200m, and 48.77 in the 400m and was a key member of the Cornell 100 and 400m relay teams.
Marc was born December 20, 1977.