MONTCLAIR, NJ - Tom Fleming, varsity track coach and teacher at Montclair Kimberley Academy, died suddenly Wednesday during a track meet, according to sources.
Eyewitnesses reported the 65-year-old Fleming died during a meet at the track in Verona. Montclair Kimberley Academy has not issued a statement. Verona police released no information.
Many people whose lives were touched by Fleming expressed disbelief and offered condolences.
Fleming won the New York City Marathon in In 1973 and 1975,. He also earned second place twice in the Boston Marathon and first place in the Jersey Shore Marathon three times. Fleming also won many other races in Cleveland, Washington, DC, Toronto and Los Angeles, according to his bio.
A 1969 graduate of Bloomfield High School, where he began his running career, Fleming received widespread recognition for his performance on the track.
While at William Paterson College in Wayne, Fleming became a four-time NCAA College Division All-American. He joined the coaching staff at Montclair Kimberley Academy in the 1990s, working there as both track coach and fourth grade teacher.