Cyrus Ellsworth Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Cyrus Ellsworth Athlete Profile

Cyrus Ellsworth

Cyrus Ellsworth
Hall of Fame: 1979

  • 1979 Men's Track & Field

1979 Hall of Fame Inductee

Cy Ellsworth was unbeaten in the 100-yard dash during his career at BYU. He lettered in track all four years of his college career and won first place medals in every 100-yard and 220-yard dash he competed in between 1935 and 1941.

At Payson High School Cy was captain of the track team and was also on the football and basketball teams. At BYU he was known as “Cyclone Cy” and the “Cougar Comet.”

In 1938 he was listed as the fifth-fastest man in the United States. He was chosen as the outstanding performer at the 1938 AAU track and field meet held at the Utah Stadium.

Cy served as captain of the track team during this senior year at BYU. His unbeaten record was threatened during his final college competition in 1941 when he had the compete in strong winds with an injured muscle in his leg. The race didn’t set any records, but Cy crossed the finish line ahead of all his competitors to keep his perfect record.