Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame
My Favorite Web Sites
Arkansas Track Coaches Association
Stephens High School 1958-1960 and
University of Arkansas
Spring 1958 - Track program started at Stephens High
Sophomore - Spring 1958
Mile Run - 2nd in district
Ran in Class A State Meet
Junior - Spring 1959
880 Yard Run:
Won Class A State
Won Meet of Champs
Senior - Spring 1960
880 Yard Run:
Undefeated in open 880 for season
Tiger Relays-L.R. Central
Tiger Relays-Ouachita Baptist College
Oil Belt Relays-El Dorado
Won State Class A
Won Meet of Champs - time- 1:59.4
First to run under 2 minutes
University of Arkansas1961-1964
2 mile relay – Member of school record relay
Track Scholarship - Four years
Lettered - Three years
ASTC (now UCA)
Three year track letterman 1953-55
st 440 Relay 1953 AIC Championship Meet
st 440 Relay 1954 AIC Championship Meet
st Mile Medley Relay 1954 AIC Championship Meet
st Long Jump 1954 AIC Championship Meet
st 440 Relay 1955 AIC Championship Meet
st Long Jump 1955 AIC Championship Meet
High Point Individual 1955 AIC Championship Meet
UCA Sports Hall of Fame 2010
ASTC graduate 1955 BA; U of A Grad School
1953-1954-1955 - lost only one track meet
1955 AIC Championship Meet
st 440 Relay
st Long Jump
nd 220 Dash
rd 100 Dash
Member of ASTC Track AIC Champions 1953, 1954,
UCA Track and Field Honor Roll
1956-57 Assistant Coach at Clarendon High School
1956-57 Coached Clarendon HS track team
Won district and state championship
BYRON NEIL “BEAR” BRYANT:
Genoa Central High
School – Track Coach, State Track Host and State
Coached at Genoa Central High School since 1964
as basketball and track coach and served as A.D.
Currently serves as athletic director for the school
Coached numerous conference championships in
track & field and coaches one state championship
Coached the athlete who held the classification’s
state 1600 m record for 38 years
Served for many years as one of the main workers
for the state decathlon/heptathlon
Hosted numerous conference track meets at Genoa
Central for his conference and for many others that
had no track among their schools
State track meet Referee for AAA
Springdale HS, UAM, Abilene Christian
Multi-event athlete, finished 2nd in 1979 Arkansas
high school decathlon, scoring 8,059 points.
PR’s in high school: HJ-7’-1.75”, PV-17’8”, HH-
As a sophomore at UAM, finished 3rd in NAIA
Decathlon; finished 1st as a junior – only Arkansan
ever to become NAIA Decathlon champ.
At Abilene Christian posted these finishes in the
1984 conference meet: 1st in HH (13.84), 2nd in HJ,
rd in PV and 8th in javelin.
1984 NCAA Div. 2 Decathlon, finished 2nd behind
William Motey, French athlete who placed 4
th in the
Entered the 1984 Olympic trials ranked #1 is the US
but sustained a career-ending injury in the first
1984, helped coach Southeast Missouri State to an
NCAA, Div. 2, title and has helped coach the UA
men to three Div. 1 titles.
Family: Father, Jimmy Culp was inducted into the
Arkansas Sports HOF, 2010; Daughter Jennifer – All
American pole vaulter for U of A; son Brent – All
State HS FB; son Brad – All State HS FB and Track.
1957 Missouri State High School Mile Champion
Four Year Letterman at UAF in Track and CrossCountry 1957 -1961
1961 Southwest Conference 2-Mile Champion
1960 Southwest Conference Cross-Country
Champion (Won all regular season races including a
victory against Billy Mills, Kansas University, ARKANSAS TRACK & FAME HALL OF FAME * BIOS OF THE CLASS OF 2013
eventual winner of the 10000 Meters at the 1964
1960 NCAA Cross-Country Championship; (19/486)
1961 Kansas State Indoor 3000 Meters (8:23.0),
equivalent to a 9:03 2-Mile and 2nd, a step behind
1961 Kansas Relays 3-Mile Champion .(14:12.,3-
Mile time ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time.)
1961 Texas Relays Distance Medley . . . Ran 4:12.0
Mile anchor leg.
At age 51 (1990), began Road Racing.
At age 58/59, set several American Age-Group
Indoor Track Records: 5:15.0 Mile, 10:50.0 2-Mile,
6:33.9 2000 Meters, 9:54.9 3000 Meters, and
At age 58/59, set several American Age-Group
Road Racing Records: 16:21.0 - 5K, 27:23.0 - 8K,
34:26.0 - 10K, 42:27.0 - 12K, and 1:34:42.0 - 25K.
Ranked No.1 in the nation by USA Track & Field in
Age-Group Road Racing: 1999, 2000, 2001.
Ranked No.1 in the Nation by "Running Times”
magazine in Age-Group Road Racing: 1999, 2000,
March, 2010, issue of "Running Times” magazine
ranked Nelson's 16:21.0 as the 5th Best, All Time
Masters (Ages 40-95), Age-Graded 5K.
Has not raced since 2003 but still runs
Dunbar High School, Texarkana,
TX, 1963; AM&N (UAPB) 1964,65,66,67; US Army
At age 16 was the top track individual in the Nashville,
AR, Peach Blossom relays; won the 100 yd dash in 9.8,
220 in 22.3 and 440 in 49.5.
Won state in the 440 (48.5) his senior year.
While attending AM&N accomplished the following:
SWAC All-Conference—1964, 65, 66, 67
NAIA All-American—1964, 65, 66, 67
Student body Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award
SWAC 440 Champion 1966 and member of SWAC
Mile Relay Championship team.
In 1966 his 440 relay team ran 40.4, 4th best in the
country. (World record was 39.9.)
Overall Arkansas State record holder for the 220
and 440 yard dashes in 1967.
Charles T. Meyer Foundation Amateur Athlete
Award for the month of July 1967,
1967 Charles T. Meyer Foundation Amateur Athlete
of the year runner-up award for excellence in
Ranked 5th in the nation in the 440 yard dash.
Member of the AM&N Mile relay team ranked
second in the nation (3:06.1) Record was 3:03.5.
AM&N team later in the season ran a 3:05.4.
NAIA National Mile Relay Champions 3:05.4
Broke the Kansas Relays mile relay record 3:07.5
In the 1967 National AAU Championship; finished
fourth in the 440 (45.7). Time was 6
th best in the
Member of the 1967 Pan-American Games 1600
meter first place relay team in Winnipeg, Canada.
Ran for the United States on the AAU Goodwill tour
of Sweden in 1969, winning eight out of 9 races.
In 1970 was rated fastest quarter miler in the Army
after he won the gold medal at the all army track &
field meet. Fastest 440 while running for the Army
was 45.0. The world record then was 44.8.
Inducted into the AM&N/UAPB Sports Hall of Fame
in October 2003
Earned his degree (UAPB) in 1972. Taught and
coached for 22 years at the Arkansas Boys Training
School in Pine Bluff and 12 year at the Pine Bluff Junior
High School. Retired, 2005; lives in Pine Bluff.
Cabot HS, UAM and UALR
1980 AIC Indoor and Outdoor Champion in Shot Put
1980 NAIA Indoor All American in Shot Put
UAM school record holder in Shot Put (55'7") and
1984 Olympic Trials competitor in Shot Put finishing
1985 US Championships competitor in Shot Put
Lifetime best with the International implements are:
-Shot Put - 65'4" ranking # 2 all time among native
Arkansans behind Karl Salb
-Discus - 201'9" ranking # 1 among native
Coached at Cabot High School for 9 years, serving
as Head Track and Cross Country coach
Coached at UALR since 2001, coaching Chris
Johnson to a personal best of 10.14 in the 100m and
All American performances
Became Head Track and Cross Country coach at
UALR in Jan 2005.
Cross Country teams have won 4 Sun Belt
championships since that time.
Voted Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year 4
LR Hall HS and UA Fayetteville
Arkansas High School Heptathlon 2nd best all-time score
– 5938 points
Arkansas High School Heptathlon Champion 95, 96, 97
Pentathlon-Heptathlon overall record in the long jump –
18”-8’ set - 1996.
High School Overall Long Jump Record Holder – 20” 1’ -
State Champion in 100 Hurdles (multiple years)
State Champion in Long Jump (multiple years)
AAU Competitor in Long Jump and 100 Hurdles 95,96, 97
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette High school Athlete of the
year - 1997
Participant at Golden West Invitational (Californiainvitational track meet) - 1997
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS:
SEC Indoor Champion – Distance Medley Relay, 2000
SEC Indoor Champion- Pentathlon, 2002
SEC Outdoor Champion- Heptathlon, 2000
SEC Outdoor Runner-Up- Heptathlon, 2002
SEC Athlete of the Week- (4/10) 2002
NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifier 1999-2002
NCAA Heptathlon- 5
th Place- 2000
th Place- 2002
2-Time All-American (2000,2002)
U of A Pentathlon Overall score record Holder
Member of 2000-2002 Triple Crown SEC Championship
4- year letter winner (99-2002)
Currently Director of Student-Athlete services, Baylor
Greenwood HS, UA Fayetteville and Rogers
As an athlete, Efurd was a standout distance runner at
Greenwood High School, winning several individual state titles.
He competed on several national championship teams at the
University of Arkansas in track and cross country. As a coach
at Rogers High School, Efurd created a dynasty winning the
following state championships: Boys Cross Country: State
Championships (16): 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995,
1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Girls Cross Country State Championships (4): 2003, 2005,
2007, 2010; Boys Track: State Indoor Championship: 1996.
Southern State College (Southern Arkansas
Bruce was an outstanding track athlete and leader at SSC
from 1968 through 1971. He was the AIC 100-yd Dash
champion two consecutive years, 1970 and 1971. He also set
the AIC 220 meet record in the prelims in 1971 with a time of
21.5. In the 1971 conference championship he was high point
individual. He ran on numerous AIC championship relay
record teams including 1968 – 440 Relay 41.0, 1968 - Mile
Relay 3:14.7 and 1969 – 880 Relay 1:24.9. Bruce also ran
anchor on the following AIC record teams: 1970 – 440 Relay
41.0, 1970 Mile Relay 3:13.7 and 1971 – Mile Relay 3:11.5.
He was on two AIC championship teams and a member of the
Mile Relay that won the AIC championship all four years.
Bruce was four times All AIC and was NAIA All American
once. Personal best times were: 100 – 9.5, 220 – 21.17 and
60 – 6.1 (third fastest time in the country as listed by Track
and Field News, January 1971. Currently – Mathematics
Department Chair at Mills University Studies High School,
teaching AP calculus and serves as a reader for the college
Arkansas School for Math and Science ‘98
and University of Arkansas ‘02.
While in high school Lincoln was several times State
Champion in Cross Country and Track. His high school
personal best in the 1600 was 4:17.14 and a 9:35.4 in the 3200
meters. At the UA Fayetteville, Lincoln added the
steeplechase to his other distance events and earned 14 AllAmerican honors. He won the steeplechase in the 2001, ’02
and ’03 NCAA Outdoor Championship, as well as the 10,000
meter run in 2003. In 2003 he was named the NCAA Division I
National Scholar Athlete of the Year by the US Track Coaches
Association and Collegiate Athlete of the Year by Track and
Field News magazine. In 2004, Lincoln won the steeplechase
at the US Olympic Trials, eventually coming in 11th in the event
at the Athens Olympics. He won the steeplechase at the
USATF National Outdoor Championships in 2005 and 2006,
the last year while attending medical school full-time. He was
ranked number 1 in the US by Track and Field News in both
years. During 2006, Lincoln was ranked number 8 in the world
in the steeplechase by Track and Field News. In 2006, he
broke the 21-year old 3,000 meter steeplechase American
record with a time of 8:08.82. He was also recognized in 2006
by the USATF with the Robert E. DeCelle, Jr. Award, as the
top US male long distance runner. Lincoln is currently
pursuing his medical education.
Conway High School and UA Fayetteville
All-Conference and All-State pole vaulter for the Conway,
1980-82; Helped lead Conway to Arkansas AAAA State
Championship with winning vault
In 1982 had a personal best of 15’7” ,3” better than the
state record at the time
Set numerous school and relay records, some of which
lasted more than 25 years
AAU National Track & Field Championship qualifier, ranked
as one of the top 10 best high school vaulters in the nation
in 1982 by Track & Field News
Four year Razorback letterman 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987
Member of the 1984 and 1985 SWC Triple Crown Teams
Member of five NCAA National Championship Teams
Member of the 1985 NCAA National Championship Triple
1986 - Received All-American Honors as the only
Razorback vaulter to win an NCAA Division l National
Championship with a jump of 18’ 1/2”ARKANSAS TRACK & FAME HALL OF FAME
London, UK and University of Arkansas,
Taylor grew up in London, UK and had early success
with running. In 1978, at age 15, he started to win county (US
equivalent of state) championships in both cross country and
track. At age 16 Taylor broke Jim Ryun's 1500m world record
for 16-year olds, 3:45.62. At 17 he represented Great Britain
for the first time at a Great Britain vs. East Germany indoor
meet. At 18 he ran 3:40.72 for 1500M, the equivalent of a sub-
4 minute mile. During these years he won several national
titles at 800m, 1500m, and 3000m, and also made the national
cross country team.
In 1982, at age 19, Taylor came to the University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville. While there, he was a 2-time All America
recipient, was 3rd in the NCAA mile, and won multiple
conference titles in the 1000 yd, Mile, and 1500m. Excelled at
the Penn Relays where he was part of several winning relays,
helped set a world record in the Distance Medley, and ran the
top two fastest 1500m splits in the history of the Penn Relays,
times that still stand today. Despite these accomplishments,
Taylor says that his proudest honor was being selected
Captain of the Cross Country team for 2 years, in one of which
Arkansas won the NCAA championships.
After college, Taylor trained for the Olympic trials in 1988. He
reached the finals, finished 5th, but then decided to end
his serious running career. His personal bests were 3:38.8 for
1500m, 3:56.1 for the Mile, and 1:48.6 for the 800m.
Taylor has always made running his life, and
since the '88 trials, has run in 8 marathons, many road races,
triathlons, and an Ironman. To give back to the community of
running, Taylor has also opened a running shop in Little
Rock, named Go! Running, that is dedicated to helping the
running community in central Arkansas.
David G. Teague,
Forrest City HS and Hendrix College
Standout athlete at Forrest City High School.; ran track,
played football and American Legion baseball
Excelled in academics and earned membership in the
National Honor Society, graduating in 1955
Attended Hendrix College where he lettered in track four
hears and football one year.
In 1956, finished second in the 100 and 220-yard dashes in
the AIC meet
In 1957 finished second in the 100-yard dash and first in the
In 1958 placed second in the 100, won the 220, 440 relay,
880 relay leading the Warriors to the AIC Championship
Hendrix went on to win another AIC championship in 1959;
Teague won the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash and ran
anchor laps on the Warriors 440-yard relay and 880-yard
relay teams. The 880 yard relay time was one-tenth of a
second off the AIC record.
Finished as high point man in the AIC meet with 12 ½
In 1959 named recipient of the “Hugh Robertson Medal” as
best all-around Hendrix College athlete.
After graduation in 1959, Teague enjoyed a 40-year career
in education, serving as a teacher, school counselor and
administrator. Teague began as a social studies teacher
and track coach at Conway Junior High School followed by
27 years as a district school administrator in Jackson,
Continues his love for sports as an active participant in
USTA League Tennis, earning nine state championships
and the Men’s 3-5 National Championship in 1998
In 2007 Teague was inducted into the Hendrix Sports Hall
Arkadelphia HS and Ouachita Baptist Univ.
Track and football standout.
• Known for his sprinter’s speed, hurdling and long jumping
• Jr. high - 1968 and 1969 was undefeated in the 440-yard dash 1969 - was district and state winner in the 100-, 220-yard dashes and the long jump and was the high point man
• 1970, 1971 and 1972 - district and state champion in the 440-yard dash
• 1972 - high point man in the state meet and won the 440-yard dash in the Meet of Champs
• Ran track at OBU for three years and never lost a race in the intermediate hurdles while in college. A knee injury ended his career in his senior year
• AIC champion for 3 years, 1973, 1974 and 1975, in the intermediate hurdles
ASTC (now UCA) 1953-1957
• Sports Letters:
Football 3 years
Basketball 3 years
Track 4 years
• 2nd team All AIC football
• Ran on 4 AIC track champs 1954-57
880 yard AIC champ 2 times
Mile relay champs 2 times
Mile medley relay champ 1 time
• School Records:
880 yd run / Mile Relay / Mile Medley Relay
• Coached JV basketball at ASTC 1957
• Co-captain football 1956
• ASTC graduate 1957
• UCA Track and Field Honor Roll
• Cabot head basketball – boys/girls
• Cabot head track coach 4 years – District champs
• South Side, Bee Branch basketball coach – boys/girls
• Bryant head basketball / assistant football 2 years
• Holly Grove – Principal and Athletic Director 25 years
• UCA Lettermen’s Club / UCA Alumni Association
• UCA Sports Hall of Fame 2006
LR Parkview and Henderson State University
• Served two years as president of the Arkansas Track Coaches Association, 1977 and 1978
• Served two years as president of the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame, 2003-05
• Coach of the AIC District 17 cross country championships, 1961
• Coach of the Year, AIC District 17, 1991
• Coach of the Class AAAA Arkansas High School cross country champions, 1980
• Coach of the Class AAAA Arkansas High School cross country runner-up, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976
• Coach of the Class AAAA Arkansas High School track and field runner-up, 1981
• Coached 25 Meet of Champs athletes, 1970-81
• Vice-president of the Arkansas Track Coaches Association, 1976 and 1981
• Organized and served as Meet Director for the first two indoor classic meets at Barton Coliseum, 1981 and 1982
University of Central Arkansas
• Two-time NAIA All American: 1977 in the mile relay and 1978 I the 880 yard run
• Silver medalist in Mexico City in 1979 in 800 meters (NAIA All-Stars)
• 4-time NAIA national finalist
• Set six school records at UCA: 600, 800, 880, mile relay, distance medley relay and sprint medley relay.
• AIC Indoor 600 champion in 1978
• Lettered four years in track and three years in cross country at UCA
• Ranked in the top best ever times in the AIC in the 1500 m and 800 m
• Voted “Most Dedicated” by his teammates in 1978 and 1979
• Was a Masters National Champion in 1988 – 600, 1000, mile relay, 2-mile relay, with a national record in the Masters 2-mile relay
• Two-time MAIA Area V Coach of the Year, 1983-84
• Seven-time AIC Coach of the Year, 1982-1085 (4 track, 3 cross country)
• Three-time NAIA District 17 Cross Country Coach of the Year – 1982, 1983 and 1984
• Inducted into the Arkansas College (now Lyon College) Hall of Fame for coaching in 2003 where his teams won seven AIC championships
• Had 45 All-Conference track and field athletes at Arkansas College with All-Americans in long jump, heptathlon, 1500 meter and cross country during his 5-year tenure there, as well as Academic All Americans
• Was recognized by the Arkansas College Board of Directors for the “winningest” years in the college’s history
• In 2005 coached the first UCA Cross Country team ever to qualify for the NCAA national championship meet
• Coached both athletes who broke his UCA records in the indoor 880 and outdoor 800
• Reportedly still holds the 880 yard record run for Booneville High School and was the880 state champion in that event in 1975
• Set seven school records at Booneville High school
• Inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame is 2010.
Lake Hamilton HS and Arkansas State University. Morry set several meet records in the pole vault as a Lake Hamilton Senior, including the state meet (16’06”) and the Meet of Champs (16’07”). His highest mark of 16’08” was set at the 1988 Lakeside Ram Relays. He held the Meet of Champs record for 21 years until one of his students, Samuel Ewing, who went on to vault 17’01” as a senior, broke it as a junior in 2009 with a jump of 16’07 ¼”. In 1988 Morry was named Track & Field News Magazine All-American, Arkansas Democrat Track Athlete of the Year, Arkansas Gazette Track Athlete of the Year, Gatorade Arkansas Track Athlete of the Year and Arkansas Gazette Track Athlete of the Decade. At Arkansas State University, he enjoyed All-Conference honors indoors and outdoors all four years before receiving a B.S. in Exercise Science. After spending several years in the fitness industry, Morry was asked to work with a promising young athlete, Brandie Plyler, in the pole vault during his free time. She went on to set the girl’s overall record of 11’10” before graduating and competing for Ole Miss. Inspired by her success, several other athletes sought tutoring from Morry and in 1999 he started a club exclusively for pole vaulters, Arkansas Vault Club. Morry then went on to get his teaching certification and worked his way to head track coach at Caddo Hills before being named to the track coaching staff at his alma mater. As a coach through his club and his school, Morry has developed 76 state champions in the pole vault indoors and out with 17 Meet of Champs winners. He has also developed 2 Indoor National Junior Class record holders with Spencer McCorkel (17’03 ½” as a Jr. and 17’09” as a Sr.) and Andrew Irwin (17’06 ¼”). His athletes have set 29 state meet and overall records along the way. Of the 7 state classifications in Arkansas, his athletes hold the state record in 6 of them on the girl’s side and 3 on the boy’s side plus Morry himself holds the 5A record. Both Meet of Champions records are also held by his athletes, Stephanie Foreman (13’06 ¼”) and Andrew Irwin (17’00”). Several of his athletes have gone on to have successful college careers in track and field.
Kathy Snell Tadlock:
Arkansas Activities Association, Associate Executive Director, 1981-2010, Track & Field Administrator
• Assumed full responsibility as administrator and rules interpreter for Cross Country and Track & Field upon the retirement of Jerry Hall in 1995.
• Conducted track rules meetings around the state until all AAA sports rules meetings went to an online format; continued to format the online rules presentations.
• In 2003 initiated the annual Administrative Track Clinics held just prior to track season to train officials for consistency in the application of NFHS and AAA rules.
• Served a four-year term on the NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee.
• Administered the growth of cross country’s increase from four classes to six classes.
• Administered the growth of track & field’s increase from five to seven classes.
• Saw participation in cross country grow significantly.
• Worked with AAA’s Track & Field Advisory Committee to implement recommendations as approved by the AAA Board of Directors, such as:
-Increasing the distance of the girls’ cross country race from 4000 meters to a standard 5K, the same distance as for boys.
-Added Girls Pole Vault as a state event.
-Added the Triple Jump as a state event.
-Upgraded the Girls Pentathlon to the Girls Heptathlon
-Revised the State Order of Events to follow the NFHS Rules Book-
-Developed qualifying standards for athletes to qualify to the state track meet at certified regular season meets.
-Changed the format of the Meet of Champs to allow more participation by quality performers.
-Developed and revised annually an Arkansas-specific track test as a further effort to teach consistency in rules application.
-Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame:
-Has served on the ATFHF Board of Directors of the since 1996
-Chair of the ATFHF Banquet Committee
Track Coach and Official
• Assistant director of the Arkansas high school invitational and state indoor meet for 12 years
• Past president of Arkansas Track Coaches Association
• Head track and field coach at Mountain View, 1975-78, sr. teams were conference runners-up all three years and jr. high teams were conference champions all three years
• Jr. high track coach at Siloam Springs, teams were conference runner-up and 8th grade team was undefeated
• With Heber Springs schools for 30 years, with 23 years as head track coach
-18 senior high conference championships
-14 jr. high conference championships
-5 state championships
-5 state runners-up
-24 individual state champions in 35 events
-Athletes set 11 state records (7 indoor and 4 outdoor)
-Two athletes were invited to the Golden West Invitational with one emerging as the pole vault champion
-Heber Springs HS track program recognized by the ATFHF with the Lewis McCollum Gold Star Award, 2005
• AHSCA Track Coach of the Year 1985-86, 1996-97 and 1997-98
• Arkansas Gazette Track Coach of the Year, 1984
• ATFHF Meritorious Service Award recipient, 2004
• Batesville High School, Assistant Principal, continues to work with track program
WAYMOND E. GRIGGS:
Camden HS ’54 and Abilene Christian University ’59. Attended Camden (AR) HS where he qualified for the state meet three of his high school years. State champion in the 100-yard dash as a sophomore and was second in the state 100 in his junior and senior years. Held the school record in the 100 dash. Four-year letterman in track and field for the Abilene Christian University Wildcats. Member of the relay teams that set three world records and won 16 titles at major collegiate relay meets such as the Texas, Drake and Penn Relays. With Griggs sharing baton duties, the Wildcats posted a remarkable record of 36-4 in the 440-yard and 880-yard relay events during his collegiate career. His individual collegiate best times were 10.4 in the 100 meters, 9.6 for 100 yards and 20.8 for 220 yards. Former Abilene Christian coach Oliver Jackson, a member of the USATF Coaches Association Hall of Fame, usually assigned Griggs to open each relay event because of his quick starting ability with anchor duties going to Bobby Morrow, triple gold medal winner in the 1956 Olympic Games. Jackson said the 5-10, 146 pound Griggs was one of the most consistent and fastest-starting runners he ever coached. Member of the Wildcat teams that won the 1955 NAIA Division I national championship and 1956 Gulf Coast Conference title, later was a successful high school track and field coach at Midland, TX, Kermit, TX, and Permian High School in Odessa, TX. His Permian teams at Odessa (Class 5A) have been district champions 14 years and runner-up another seven years. They were regional runner-up three years, regional winners four years and a state runner-up in 1984 and state champions in 1993. Waymond served for eight years as the men’s West Texas selection chairman for the Great Southwest Classic Track and Field Meet, Phoenix, AZ, and also served on the Advisory Board for the Texas High School Coaches Association. He has written for publication on his success as a sprint coach and has been sought out as a clinic speaker in several states.
06Apr57 440-yard relay Texas Relays Austin 40.2 (JR)
11May57 440-yard relay West Coast Relays Fresno 39.9 (JR)
31May58 440-yard relay California Relays Modesto 39.7 (SR)
Major relay titles:
1955 Texas Relays 440-yard relay 41.4 (FR)
1956 Texas Relays 440-yard relay 41.5 (SO)
1956 Drake Relays 440-yard relay 40.2 (SO)
1956 Drake Relays 880-yard relay 1:28.4 (SO)
1956 California Relays 440-yard relay 40.2 (SO)
1957 Texas Relays 440-yard relay 40.2 (JR)
1957 Drake Relays 440-yard relay 40.5 (JR)
1957 Drake Relays 880-yard relay 1:24.2 (JR)
1957 West Coast Relays 440-yard relay 39.9 (JR)
1957 West Coast Relays 880-yard relay 1:24.4 (SR)
1958 Texas Relays 440-yard relay 41.0 (SR)
1958 Texas Relays 880-yard relay 1:24.3 (SR)
1958 Penn Relays 440-yard relay 41.3 (SR)
1958 Penn Relays 880-yard relay 1:24.9 (SR)
1958 California Relays 440-yard relay 39.7 (SR)
1958 California Relays 440-yard relay 40.5 (SR)
Major team titles:
1955 NAIA Division I national track and field champions (FR)
1956 Gulf Coast Conference track and field championship (SO)
Arkansas State University, Pole Vaulter.
Track and Field Accomplishments
Personal Best – 19’ 9 ½ “
• 2007 US National Indoor Champion
• 2006 US Rank #4, World Rank #18
• 2006 US Outdoor Championships Bronze Medal
• 2005 US Rank #5, World Rank #23
• 2004 US Rank #4, World Rank #10
• 2003 US National Outdoor Champion
• 2003 US Rank #2, World Rank #8
• 2002 World and American Rank #1
• 2002 US Indoor Record 6.02 m 19’9” (Sindelfingen, Germany, 3-30-02)
• 2002 Set Three American Indoor Records (6.0m, Donyetsk; 6.01m Bad, Oeynhausen
• 2002 US Outdoor Champion
• 2001 World Ranked #2, US Ranked #1
• 2000 World Ranked #3, US Ranked #2
• 2000 American Record 6.03m, 19’9½”, 6-14-00
• 1999 World Rank #2, US Rank #1
• 1999 World Indoor Championships – Silver
• 1999 National Champion Indoor and Outdoor
• 1999 American Indoor Record 19’6½, 3-5-99
• 1998 World Rank #2, US Rank #1
• 1998 Goodwill Games Champion – American Record 19’8½”
• 1998 1st American to jump 6 m (19’8¼”) St. Denis, France, 6-4-98
• 1998 Cleared 19’ or higher in 22 meets
• 1998 National Outdoor Champion
• 1997 US Outdoor Nationals, 4th Place
• 1997 US Rank #5
• 1996 US Olympic Team Member, 11th place, Atlanta Games
• 1996 US Olympic Trials Runner-up (PR 19’0¼”)
• 1996 US Rank #4
• 1995 US Outdoor Nationals, 7th Place
• 1995 US Olympic Festival Runner-up
• 1995 US Rank #7
• 1994 US Nationals, 10th Place
• 1994 US Olympic Festival Champion
• 1994 US Rank #9
• 1992 Olympic Trials Finalist, 13th place
• 1995-2001 Seven-time Drake Relays Champion
DAVID F. JOHNSTON:
Elaine High School and UCA (1964-1969)
• Lettered four years in track and field at Elaine High School
• 1964 State champion in high and low hurdles
• Lettered in track and field four years at UCA
• 1969 AIC long jump, triple jump and high hurdles champion
• 1967, 1968 and 1969 national NAIA long jump champion and first team All-American
• 1968 set a new AIC triple jump record of 48’7½”
• Bests include 100m – 10.5; 400m – 49.7; long jump – 25’1”; high jump – 6’7½”; pole vault – 15’6”; and high hurdles – 14.1.
• 1969 Awarded the Neil Martin trophy as the outstanding amateur athlete
• Coached high school track and field in California and college track at ASU, SMU, UCA, University of Florida and Arizona State
Van Buren HS, College of the Ozarks, FS Southside.
• 1955 All State Football – Van Buren HS
• 1957 All District Baseball – Van Buren HS
• 1958 2nd team all conference football – College of the Ozarks
• 4 year letterman in football – Van Buren HS
• 3 year letterman in baseball – Van Buren HS
• 2 year letterman in basketball - Van Buren HS
• 2 year letterman in track - Van Buren HS
• 1961-62 Siloam Springs, AR
• 1962-68 Smackover, AR
• 1968-70 Mountain Grove, MO
• 1970-72 Texarkana, AR
• 1972-73 St. Anne’s (Fort Smith, AR)
• 1974-2003 Fort Smith Southside
Total 41 years
TRACK & FIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
• 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985 – Girls – Assistant Coach
• 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 – Girls – Head Coach
• 1996, 1998 – Girls Indoor – Head Coach
TRACK AND FIELD CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Won 14 of 15 conference meets 1982-1986
Conway High School and University of Central Arkansas (formerly ASTC). Following his successful senior year at Conway HS Owen was recruited by Coach Raymond Bright, to run track for Arkansas State Teacher’s College. At Conway HS he set state records in the 180 yard low hurdles and the 220 yard dash, ran on three state record setting relay teams, won the 100 yard dash and was named the Outstanding Performer as Conway won the 1960 AA State title. As a senior he was awarded the Frank E. Robins Award as the outstanding athlete at Conway High.
Fall 1960, Wilbur, with his older brother Don, played a leading role as ASTC won four successive AIC track championships. Owen took part in three NAIA National Meets where he placed second in the 440 yard intermediate hurdles and ran on the 3rd place 440 relay team. As a freshman he won the 220-yard dash and ran on record-setting 440 and 880 yard relays as ASTC won the AIC Championship in 1961. As a sophomore he broke a 33-year old record in the 220 hurdles, placed 2nd in the 100 yard dash, and anchored a record-setting mile relay team as ASTC won the AIC Championship again in 1962.
In his junior year he won the 100, 220, and 440 dashes and ran on the winning 440-yard relay team while winning the High Point Award as ASTC won the AIC title the third straight year.
As a senior, Wilbur won the 100-yard dash in 9.9 seconds, broke his own record in the 220-yard low hurdles and tied the AIC record in the 220-yard dash as ASTC again won the AIC Championship. He won his second AIC High Point Award at this meet.
Throughout his track career, Wilbur ran multiple races in each meet. They included the 100, 220, and 440-yard dashes, the 220 low hurdles, and anchoring the 440, 880 yard and mile relays. In a typical meet he could be counted on to add from 12 to 16 points to the team total. He was a dominant force in the development of AIC track during the early 1960’s, an unselfish athlete with a “team-first” attitude.
During his four years at ASTC, Wilbur won 12 first place finishes in the AIC Conference Meets. He also placed in 6 events in the NAIA National Meets; was the ASTC Track High Point Winner in all 4 years of his college career and the AIC High Point Winner in 1963 and 1964. In 1964 Owen was the Arkansas nominee for the Sullivan Award as the state’s Outstanding AAU Athlete.
Following graduation in 1964, Wilbur taught in high schools in Memphis, TN, and Stuttgart, AR. After two years of teaching he entered graduate school at the University of Arkansas receiving an MS in 1970 and a PhD in 1973. He has been a member of the faculty of UCA since 1973 where he holds the rank of Professor of Biology and is now retired.
Conway High School – Senior
AA State Meet
• 1st Place 100 yd dash
• 1st Place 180 yd hurdles
• 1st Place 220 yd dash
• 1st Place 440 yd relay
• 1st Place 880 yd relay
• 1st Place Mile relay
State Meet High Point Award
Meet of Champions
• 1st Place180 yd low hurdles
• 2nd Place 100 yd dash
• 2nd Place 440 yd relay
Conway High School –Junior
• 2nd Place 180 yd hurdles
• 2nd Place 100 yd dash
• 1st Place mile relay
Meet of Champions
• 1st Place 180 yd hurdles
D.D.S.: Masters Track and Field Athlete
• 2004 selected the USA Masters Track and Field Athlete of the Year
• At age 85 he set an age-group world record of 34.42 in the 200m at the outdoor championships
• 2004 at the masters indoor meet in Boston set world records for the 85-89 age group in the 200m at 35.74 and 1:25.15 in the 400m and a US record of 9.86 in the 60m
• Has set indoor and outdoor records in the 100, 200 and 400min all age divisions for 75-79 to 85-89
• Current champion and record holder in all events in which he competes in Arkansas and the national Olympics
• Played on the Stanford University football team and ran high school track at Salinas, CA.
• Started running again after Frank Shorter won the marathon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, and became serious about masters competition in 1993 when he won the 60, 200 and 400 at the 75-79 age group at the national indoor masters meet in Columbia, MO
MONIKA KLEBE UNGER:
Arkansas State University. Monika Klebe was one of the top athletes ever to attend Arkansas State University. During her collegiate career she was a vital part of ASU’s four conference championship teams where she won every event in which she was entered. Her unparalleled performance in the 1988 championship included winning her hear in the 100m hurdles, 400 m, 400m hurdles on the first day and, on the second day, she anchored the winning 4x100m relay team, won the 100m hurdles in 14.15, the 400m in 55.06, the 800m in 2:16.10, the 400m hurdles in 61.73 and, finally, anchored the winning 4x400m relay with a 56.9 split in the overall time of 3:51.44. She is married to Anders Unger and now lives in Sweden.
Southern State College (SAU) ’69, Auburn University ’75. Ran high school track at William Tennent in Pennsylvania where he was a member of the team that won the mile relay in their division at the Penn Relays in 1965. He was conference champion the 220 yard dash and was an All State selection. He ran four years at Southern State College (SAU) under Rip Powell and was a four time All-AIC selection and a three time NAIA All American in 1966, 67 and 68. As a sophomore he broke the school record in the 220. He was tri-captain of the Rider team his junior and senior years. Veach completed his B.S.E. degree in the social studies in 1969 and received his Master’s Degree in secondary administration from Auburn University in 1975. He began his career in education 1969 as a social studies teacher at Emerson High School where he initiated track and cross country teams in 1972. During the nine years he coached, his teams won five State Championships, three in cross country and two in track and field and were runner-up on three other occasions. After he became the high school principal, 1981 thru 1988, Emerson teams continued to win seven State Track Championships out of the next eight years. Veach became head men’s track coach at Southern Arkansas in 1988 and started the women’s program in 1990. Over the 20 years at SAU his teams won five conference titles and have been runner-up five other times. In 1992, the men’s 4x100 team won the National NAIA title. He has coached 89 All Conference athletes in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference & Gulf South Conference and 28 NAIA All Americans. He has been named AIC Coach of the Year five times. He retired in 2008 after 39 years in education.
Little Rock High School and Abilene Christian. Don Conder set a number of state high school records while running for Little Rock High School and then ran on some of the greatest collegiate relay teams in history at Abilene Christian College. As a junior at Little Rock, he ran on the winning 440-yard and 880-yard relay teams that set records, finished second to Clyde Hart in the 100 and beat Hart in the 220, setting a new meet of 22.7.
As a senior he won five events in the Big Eight meet. He won the 100, 220 and 440, setting meet records in all three, tying the record of 10.1 in the 100 while beating Hart, setting records of 22.3 in the 220 and 50.5, also a state record in the 440. Conder ran on the winning 440-yard relay team that tied the record of 44.3 and also won the broad jump at 21-0 1/2". At Abilene he ran on the 880-yard relay team that tied the world record of 1:24.0 in 1956. That team included Bill Woodhouse, James Segrest and Bobby Morrow, who won the Olympic 100 and 200 that same year.
Conder also ran on 19 relay teams that won titles at the three major relay meets of that era – Texas, Kansas and Drake. Conder later was an administrator for 20 years at Lubbock State School and was named to the Abilene Christian College Board of Trustees in 1983.
Richard “Dick” Hendrickson:
Cabot HS, UCA, North Little Rock. Named the outstanding athlete in sr. year at Cabot HS. Participated in six track and field events, the 100, 220, 440 and 880 relays, shot and discus. Set records in the district and regional meets in the 220 and discus. In 1953 Hendrickson scored 16.25 points to lead Cabot to the district championship, finishing 1st in the 100-yd dash (10.1), 1st in the 220 (22.9), 1st in the discus (NR) and 1st in the 440 relay. Team finished 2nd in state with Hendrickson as 1st in the 100, 2nd in the 220 and 3rd in the discus,, scoring 10 points.
In 1955-57 at ASTC (now UCA) he lettered two tears in football and track, anchoring three AIC championship relay teams. In 1956, 1st in the 440 relay (43.2 school record) and 1st in the 880 relay. In 1957, 1st in the 880 relay and contributing to two AIC championships and the 8th consecutive for the Bears. Hendrickson is a member of the UCA Track and Field Honor Roll. In 1957 he became head football and track coach at El Dorado Jr. High (2 years) and then three years as EHS track and assistant football coach.
He organized the Oil Belt Relays and drew teams such as LR Central and Crossett to participate.1963-1966 Hendrickson coached at NLR Ridgeroad Jr. High, winning numerous conference and regional championships. In 1969 he became A.D. for the NLR School District. Some achievements while serving as NLR A.D. included construction of a tartan track and instituting girls athletics at four jr. high and two high schools, with emphasis on track and field. Organized and directed Wildcat Relays and Northeast Charger Relays with 20 jr. and sr. high divisions, for 20 years. Served as timer for LR Central Tiger Relays and on the AAA’s Track and Field Advisory Committee (5 years). Named A.D. of the Year in 76-77.
In 1979 was one of six recipients of the NFHF Citation for outstanding contributions to high school athletics. In 1986 was Arkansas A.D. of the Year and Regional (15 states) A.D. of the Year. Hendrickson was inducted into the inaugural class of 2007 of the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame and was the Arkansas NIAAA Hall of Fame nominee.
Miller was a participant in the 1960 high school Meet of Champs in the 100 and 220-yard dashes. He was a 4-year letterman at ASTC (now UCA), 1961-64, in the sprints and relays, contributing to four consecutive AIC championships for the Bears. As a member of six winning relay teams for the Bears, Miller and his teammates set three AIC records in the 440- and 880-yard relays and the sprint medley relay. He was a member of the 440-yard relay teams that placed in the NAIA national meets in 1961 and 1963. Miller coached track in the Conway Public Schools 1965-71 and captured a state championship in 1966 as well as a regional championship in 1968.
He served as a volunteer track coach at the University of Arkansas during the 1976-77 school year while earning his Ed D. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The research for his dissertation involved studying whether track performance in women distance runners could be improved by increasing the hemoglobin level in the blood. Miller operated the Central Arkansas Track Club for five years, hosting AAU/TAC meets and taking qualified athletes to regional competition. For the past 30 years he has served as a starter for AIC meets, multiple state and conference meets and as head field judge for multiple state meets.
Daniel Wayne (Pug) Roper:
Stamps HS and Southern State College (SAU). In 1961, Wayne began running for Raymond (Rip) Powell in the 8th grade and later ran for Vernon Hutchins until graduating from Stamps high school in 1965. Stamps teams were the 1962, 1963 and 1964 State Class B runner-up and Class B State Champions in 1965. Wayne won every 880- meter race during his junior and senior years in high school except for a 3rd place finish in the Meet of Champions in 1964 and a 3rd place finish (1:53.0) at the Golden West Invitational at Sacramento, CA in 1965. He set the overall high school state record of 1:53.6 at the Meet of Champions as a senior in 1965; the record stood until 1970. He is still tied for seventh in the 800-meter all time best high school track performances in Arkansas. In 1965 he was selected Arkansas track athlete of the year for his classification.
Wayne ran for Southern State College now Southern Arkansas University. In 1966, he was undefeated in the AIC and set the conference record of 1:53.3 at the conference meet. The next year he had one loss in the AIC at the conference meet but managed to set the school record of 1:52.9. He was All Conference in 1966 and 1969 and was selected captain his junior and senior year.
After college, Wayne returned to athletic competition at the age of 33 and started running road races from 5,000 meter distances to marathons. From 1980 to 1995, Wayne ran in 127 5K races and placed 1st in his age group 104 times and in the top three in his age group 17 other times. Wayne also placed in the overall top 3 in 51 of those races. He ran 36 10K’s from 1980 to 1994 and won his age group in 18 of those races and placed in to top three of his age group in another 11 races. He posted his best 10K time of 33:34 at the age of 38, and a personal best of 16:09 in the 5K at age 40. At age 57, he started competing in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics, winning 1st place overall in the 400 and 800 meter events in 2005, 06 and 07.
Valentine attended Harding College 1957-1961, graduating with a BA in Physical Education. He obtained his Master’s degree in Elementary Administration in 1986. His coaching career began at Harding Academy of Memphis, 1961-63, in the sports of basketball, football, track and baseball. At Cotton Plant public schools he coached football, basketball and track.
Valentine has officiated track and field for over forty years. He has officiated high school track meets as a starter, clerk of the course and head timer and has been a starter for numerous state track meets and for the Meet of Champs five times. Valentine worked AIC conference meets for over 20 years and has worked SEC championships, national NAIA outdoor meets, Southland conference championships and five indoor state track meets at Fayetteville. He has been a national certified track official for over 20 years.
Graduated from Mansfield High School in 1961, attended Westark (Ft. Smith), 1963, and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1966.
After teaching a year at Marshall, Hainley began coaching track at Waldron High School in 1968. The girls teams won the Ouachita College Relays for several years during her tenure. Along with Helen Parker of Ashdown, the two were instrumental in expanding the state track meet to include all classes for girls in 1973. Later she was active in getting girls track added to the Meet of Champs.
Hainley’s Waldron teams won the 1973 state championship and her teams continued to excel by finishing in the top five the next several years, winning three more state championships. At one time her Waldron junior high track team had won twenty-six straight track meets. She was called upon several times over her coaching career to serve on the AAA’s Track and Field Advisory Committee as one of the most knowledgeable track coaches in the state representing girls track.
Hainley retired from full time teaching and coaching in 1999 but continues to be actively involved during the track season working high school meets at the local, conference and state level.
Dariel W. Johnson:
Little Rock Central (1975) and Arkansas State University (1980). In 1974 as a junior Johnson turned in the fastest times in the state in the high (13.9) and low (19.1) hurdles, winning both races in the Meet of Champions. In 1975 Johnson was one of the nation’s premier hurdlers and named the Most Outstanding Performer in the Class AAAA state track meet. On March 22, 1975, as a senior Johnson ran the fastest hurdle times in the nation in the high (13.6) and low (18.7) hurdles.
In the 1975 state meet Johnson ran ten races in one day --including four prelims, three finals and three relays -- winning high-point honors with 18 ½ points as he led Central to a tie with Pine Bluff for the state championship. His winning hurdle times equaled the state records (13.8 highs and 18.8 lows).
A member of all three Tiger relay teams, he also ranked number one in the state in the 220-yard dash (21.6) and among the best in the state in the 100-yard dash (9.7).
Johnson was a Central High Sports Hall of Fame inductee. He was named All State his junior and senior years and posted twin victories in the Meet of Champions both his junior and senior seasons. He concluded his high school track career by again posting the best time (13.6) ever run by an Arkansas high school high hurdler while competing in the prestigious Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, California. Johnson’s 1976 Arkansas State University team won its first ever Southland Conference track championship and followed with a repeat in 1977. He ran on two school record relays, 1600 meter (3:08.4) and 240-shuttle hurdles and was ASU’s school record holder in the 400-meter hurdles (51.7). Additionally, he was named All American in his freshman year and was a four-year letterman at ASU.
Dr. Bill Nutter:
Nutter attended Conway High School (1950 - 1953) where he earned three track letters, and was awarded the Frank Robins Outstanding Athlete Award in 1953. At Hendrix College (1953 - 1957) he lettered four years in track and received the Hugh Robertson Outstanding Athlete Award in 1957.
Nutter’s coaching career included Conway High School (1959 - 1963) where his teams won state championships in 1960 and in 1963. He was voted Arkansas High School Track Coach of the Year in 1963. He served as assistant track coach at North Carolina State from 1963 - 1965. He then returned to Arkansas and served at the University of Central Arkansas as an assistant track coach (1965 - 1968) and was head track coach (1968 - 1973.) His 1969 team won the AIC track championship and he was voted AIC Coach of the Year.
He was also named District 17 NAIA and Area 5’s Coach of the Year. His 1969 team placed sixth in the national meet, which was the highest finish on record for an AIC team Two of his athletes were named All Americans. Nutter also served as Chairman of Arkansas AAU long distance running committee for several years and was called upon to make presentations at numerous track clinics. In 2001, Nutter was inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor.
Crossett High School, Jessieville High School, Track Official and Administrator.
• Graduated from Crossett High School in 1979 and won the Meet of Champs in the pole vault.
• Pierce has been the leader in starting and continuing Indoor Track & Field for Arkansas high school competition including a state championship that has grown to a very large event involving many athletes. The indoor track program got started in the early 1990’s and Pierce has continued to be the Meet Director in charge of the program ever since.
• State Meet Referee for AAA, host and track administrator.
• Has served as the president of the Arkansas Track Coaches Association.
• Serving as the head track & field coach at Jessieville for a number of years, Pierce coached his teams to numerous conference championships and two state championships.
• Now serving as president of the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame.
UA, Fayetteville,1995-97, and 1997 Olympian.
• The only runner in U of A history to win back to back NCAA cross country titles, 1995-96
• Four-time NCAA champion, twice in 10000 meters and twice in cross country
• Member of four NCAA championship teams while at the University of Arkansas
• Nine-time All American – 3 times indoor, 4 times outdoor and 2 times cross country
• Ten-time SEC champion – 2 indoor 5000 meters, 2 outdoor 5000 meters, 2 outdoor 3000 meter steeplechase, 2 outdoor 10000 meters and 2 cross country
• Semifinalist in the 3000 meter steeplechase in the 1996 centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, representing his native country of Zambia
• Two-time US Track Coaches Association cross country athlete of the year, 1995-96
• Two-time SEC Commissioner’s Trophy winner, 1995 and 1996
• Coached the Shiloh Christian Saints boys cross country team to the 3A state championship, 2007
Paragould High School and ASTC (UCA):
• Native of Paragould, Arkansas
• Graduated from Paragould High School 1959
• Graduated from ASTC (UCA) 1964
• Ran track at ASTC 1962 through 1964
• Competed in 100 yard dash and all relays
• Participated in 3 AIC Conference Championships
• Coached track for 3 years at Paragould High School
• Began starting track meets in 1969
• Head starter for University of Arkansas since 1987
• Started World Police and Fire Games in 1988
• Head starter for Ole Miss since1991
• Started 12 outdoor SEC Conference meets since 1987
• Started 3 SEC indoor meets
• Chosen as one of the starters for NCAA indoor meets in 2001 & 2002
• Received Service Award from the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006 for 37 years of starting.
Charles M. Adcock:
(Deceased) Little Rock Central and Arkansas Tech. As a sports reporter for the Arkansas Democrat (1952-53 and 1958-61), had major responsibility for covering the AIC with an emphasis on high school and college track and field each spring. Commissioner of the AIC, 1961-1974. Organized and directed conference track and cross country championships. Had a leadership role in bringing the first national track meet to Arkansas, the NAIA meet held at Henderson State, serving as its director. In the next three NAIA national meets was head photo-finish judge. For many years was a timer, then head timer for high school local and state track meets.
UA, Fayetteville, 1998-2001. Arguably one of the greatest high jumpers to come out of Arkansas, Evans was an eight-time All-American and 1998 NCAA Indoor high jump champion. He was a three-time SEC Indoor high jump champion in 1999 (7-4.5), 2000 (7-0.5) and 2001 (7-1.75) and the 1998 SEC Outdoor high jump champion. He cleared his career best of 7-7 at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships. Evans helped contribute to eight national championship teams, including the 1998-99 squad the claimed UA’s fifth NCAA triple crown. He still holds the outdoor school record in the high jump at 7-6.50. He represented the United States in the high jump at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Head Men’s and Women’s Track coach since 1989 and Cross Country coach since 1987. In Cross Country, American South Conference champ and Men’s Coach of the Year in 1987. In Track, ASC Women’s indoor champs, 1988 through 1991; Women’s outdoor champs 1988 through 1990; Women’s Coach of the Year 1990-1991; Men’s indoor champs 1989-1990; Men’s outdoor champ 1989. Sunbelt Conference champs: Women’s indoor 1992, 1995, 1998; Women’s outdoor 1994, 1995, 1998; Men’s indoor 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000; Men’s outdoor 1999; Women’s Coach of the Year 1992, 1994, 1998; Men’s Coach of the Year 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. Had NCAA All-Americans 1998 through 1993, 1996 and 2000. Olympic team members 1988, 1992, 1996 (2) and 2000 (4). Similar achievements at Murray State University, Carthage College and Adrian College for championships as well as NAIA and NCAA honors. 3703 Blueridge Circle, Jonesboro AR 72401.
Damon attended U of A Monticello where he was two times named All-American in track. In 1984 he won the 800 and 1500 meters and finished 2nd in the 5000 at the AIC championships. In 1985 he finished in 2nd place in the NAIA national championships in the 1500. He was All-conference seven times and has the UAM school record in the 1500 meters, mile and 5000 meters. He qualified for Olympic trials at 5000 meters in 1988. Martin has been the head women’s track and cross country coach at Adams State since 1989 and men’s coach since 1996. His teams have won 32 conference titles and 14 national championships. He has been named conference coach of the year 27 times and national coach of the year 14 times at the Division II NCAA level. He has coached 397 All-Americans and 45 individual national champions. In 2003 his men’s and women’s teams won the Division II national cross country championships. Damon is in the top five ever in total track and cross country national championships and the Division II level.
Richard Martin, Jr.:
University of Central Arkansas. Four-year track letterman at UCA. In 1974, ran 220 in 21.5 in AIC championship meet and finished 2nd in 100-yd dash with 9.75. In 1975 AIC meet won 100-yd dash in 10.0, anchored the 440 relay in a school record 40.9, anchored the mile relay in 3:16.1 and finished 2nd in 220 with 21.7. Won AIC individual high point with 23 points, leading UCA to the AIC championship. In 1975, UCA’s mile relay team was 2nd at NAIA national, setting a school record of 3:08.96. Became assistant UCA track coach in 1977 and head UCA track coach 1982 to present. Teams he coached won five conference championships, and he was five-time NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year Area 5 and five-times AIC Coach of the Year. Coached three national champs 1986-89. Women’s cross country championship in 1998 and named Gulf South Coach of the Year. Has coached thirty (30) UCA athletes that have been named All-Americans.
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (1959-1962). Bill started his track career at Pulaski Heights Junior High in 1954 where he lettered as an eighth and ninth grader. He put the shot, threw the discus, broad jumped, high jumped, ran the 50,100,220 yard dash and the 440 and 880 relays. In 1954 PHJH was 2nd in Big 11 Junior High State Track meet. In 1955 PHJH won the Big 11 where he ran on state record-breaking 440 & 880 yd relays. He moved to Crossett in the fall of 1955 and ran the 220 yd dash, and on the 440 yd., 880 yd., and mile relays. In 1956 Crossett came in 3rd in the state meet. In l957, he again ran the 220 yd dash, 440, 880 and the mile relays and ran the open quarter for the first time. His times rivaled those of Bruce Fullerton of Little Rock Central. He or Bruce would lead the state in the fastest times that year. Bill's best time was 50.6 and he went on to win the AA State Title in the 440 yd run. Crossett won state in 1957. In l958, again he ran the 220, 440, 880 and mile relays and the open quarter and again traded fastest times in the state with Bruce Fullerton. In 1958 he placed 2nd at state in the open quarter and Crossett again won the State Championship. He never lost a race on the Crossett HS track. Bill went to the University of Arkansas Fayetteville on a Track Scholarship and in 1959 won the Southwest Conference Freshman quarter mile in 48.9 sec. During that year he also placed 3rd in the Fort Worth Invitational in the 440 yard dash. He went on to run on the mile relay team and in 1961, as a junior he was the lead-off leg of the Distance Medley Relay at the Kansas Relays where his team placed 3rd. He received a freshman numeral in 1959, lettered his next three years and in 1962 as a senior was elected Captain of the U of A Track Team. He was inducted into the Ashley County Sports Hall of Fame in February 2005.
University of Central Arkansas. Two-time NAIA track All-America. National runner-up in the 120-yard high hurdles in 1951 and ’52, becoming the first Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference athlete to make All-American two years in a row in any sport. Won four consecutive AIC championships in 120-yard high hurdles. Stephens never lost a high hurdle race during his college career except for those two national meets. At UCA and Conway High School, he regularly competed in six events — the high and low hurdles, broad jump, 440 relay, 880 relay and, occasionally, the 100-yard dash. At Conway High School, finished as the high point winner in the Arkansas high school state track meet in 1948 when the Wampus Cats finished third behind Little Rock and Camden. While his coaching career was mostly focused on football, he also coached track at Crossett in 1953, Bethany (Okla.) in 1954, Walnut Ridge in 1957-58, Conway in 1959-60 and North Little Little Rock from 1963-70. Coached Carl Lowe, the state’s fastest sprinter, at North Little Rock in 1967-68. Still holds UCA’s record for interceptions in a game with five. Coached UCA football teams to four AIC titles and one national runner-up finish and NLRHS teams to three state championships in football. Inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Baylor University 1960-63. In November 2005 he was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1963 as a senior he was named Baylor’s Outstanding Track Athlete. He earned 30.5 points in SWC Conference meets over 3 years, 2nd highest total points in Baylor’s track history. In 1963, as the SWC High Point winner with 12 points, he helped Baylor win 1st in the SWC Conference Meet by running on the 1st place 440 relay and 3rd place Mile relay teams, and placing 2nd in the 100 and 220 dashes. In 1962, as High Point runner-up, he helped Baylor win 1st in the SWC Conference Meet, by running on the 1st place 440 and Mile relay teams, and placing 2nd in the 100 and 220-yard dashes. In 1961, Baylor placed 2nd in the SWC Conference Meet. In 1961, 1962, his, 44 and, 880 relay teams, won 1st at Kansas and Drake Relays. In 1960, Baylor Freshmen won 1st in the SWC Conference Meet and his 440 & mile relay teams set the SWC Freshman records of 41.0 and 3:15.5 respectfully while his 440 team set the world record for the freshman 440 relay (40.7 sec). He ran the best 440-dash (47.8 sec) freshman time in the nation. In 1957 & 58 he ran for the State Track Champion LRCHS. His 440 team ran a top 10 time of 42.9 in the US in 1958. His mile relay team set the state record of 3:25.5 in 1958. When LRCHS closed 1958-59 he ran for Southwest DeKalb High School, in DeKalb, Georgia. In 1959 as a senior he was named the Top High School Track Athlete in the State of Georgia, won the 100 and 440 dashes, and set the Montgomery, Alabama, Coliseum Relays broad jump record 22’ 9¼” that had stood for approx. 20 years.
Ft. Worth, TX. Flowers was a four-time Kinney All American and twice the Southern region cross country champion1989 and 1991 champion. In 1992 Megan ran for Villanova and, as a freshman, was 7th at the Big East cross country meet and 67th at the NCAA meet. She also qualified for the NCAA championships in the 3000 meters, both indoor and outdoor placing 10th indoors, earning All-American. In 1994 at Arkansas Megan won the SEC cross country championships and 4th place in the NCAA championships. She was named SEC female runner of the year. Indoors she was SEC 5000 meter champion and placed third in the NCAA. In 1995 Megan finished 11th at the NCAA cross country meet. She won the SEC 5000 meter indoor title and finished third at the NCAA met in 16:02. She placed second at the SEC outdoor meet, running the 10,000 meters in 35:35. In 1996 Megan won the SEC conference3000 meters in 9:32 and posted a career best at the nationals, running 9:21. Outdoors she posted one the fastest times in the nation of 16.17 in the 5000 meters and was All-SEC and All-American. Career marks were – indoors: Mile – 4:48; 3000 m – 9:21; 5000 m – 16:02 and outdoors: 1500 m – 4:32; 3000 m – 9:21; 5000 m 16:17; 10 K – 35:35. She was 10 times All-American, 3 times SEC champion, 7 times All-SEC, 2 time SEC athlete of the year, 2 time academic All-American and 1 time SEC cross country champion.
Conway HS and UCA (1954-1958). High point man in high school jr. and sr. years when team won state championships. Team won the conference all three hs years and Fulmer was high point in last two years. In his sr. year he was the holder of 12 individual meet, conference and school records. Named Outstanding Athlete at 1954 Mid-South Relays in Memphis. Was offered several track and/or football scholarships, accepted Mississippi State. Ran a 9.9 100-yard dash that spring. Returned to Conway and UCA in his freshman year. His track team was AIC champion his sophomore and junior year. He was high point man, won the 100 yd dash in 9.9 and set a new AIC 220-yard dash record of 21.5 in 1956. Fulmer was one of three AIC athletes invited to the NAIA Nationals in California. In 1957 he won the 100 yd dash and was on the winning 440 yd relay team. Coached in Jacksonville before returning to Conway as Jr. high track coach, winning the district and state track meet, undefeated in 1965. Following year promoted to sr. high track coach with first cross country team winning state in 1966. Later served as football coach and A.D. at Conway. Left public education in 1977 for private business.
As a 1972 graduate of Texas Tech, Harter set several school records as a member of the track and cross country teams. Career accomplishments as a coach are numerous. INDOOR TRACK: His Lady Razorback teams won back-to-back conference championships in 2000 and 2001 with their highest national finish (3rd) in 2000. Harter was twice the National Coach of the Year and South Central Region Coach of the year in 2000 and 2001. He coached four of Arkansas’ five NCAA National Champions. OUTDOOR TRACK: Lady Razorbacks also won back-to-back conference championships in 2000 and 2001 with their best finish (5th) in 2001. Harter was National Coach of the Year in 2000 and South Central Region Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001. He coached Arkansas’ only NCAA Outdoor champions (2). His teams garnered six Division II titles and Cal Poly-SLO. His team achieved the SEC record for team points at a conference meet with 182. CROSS COUNTRY: Nine SEC championships, ten NCAA regional titles at UAF, eight time SEC Coach of the Year, four time Division I runner-up at UAF and eight division titles. INTERNATIONAL: 1999 Head Coach for Team USA’s World Championship Team; 1992 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant; 1987 Team USA Coach, World XC Meet; 1985 Team USA Coach, World Indoor Meet.
Camden HS, University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Camden all?sports competitor in 1954, 1955, 1956. Ran 100 & 200 yard dashes, anchored 440, 880, & mile relays, also broad jumped. As a senior in 1956 set Divisional HS State record in 220 yd dash (22.4 sec.) At UAF, he lettered in Track in 1957, 1958 and 1959, Ran 100 & 220 yard dashes, on 440, 880, and sprint medley relays. In 1958 he ran 220 leg on team that won 1st in Sprint Medley Relay at Texas Relays in 1:50.5. His career best 100-yard dash time was 9.6 competing against Olympic gold?medallist Bobby Morrow at 1958 Texas Relays. At UAF, Kyser also lettered in football 1957, 1958, and 1959. He continued to run in 5K and 10K races in the state during the 70’s and 80’s.
Little Rock Central: During his senior year Russell was an All-America performer in both football and track and field. He led the nation in both his junior and senior seasons in the 110-meter high hurdles with a 13.4. That mark, which was recorded in 1986, is currently the overall and Meet of Champions record. During his senior season Russell posted season best of 10.5 in the 100-meter dash, 21.5 in the 200-meter dash, 13.4 in the 110-meter high hurdles and 37.8 in the 300-intermediate hurdles. Russell finished third in the Golden West Relays in the 110-meter high hurdles in 1987 with a 13.78.
Conway HS, UCA. In 1951 Stephens was the state hurdles champion and state high-point runner-up. He was ranked nationally in the top 20 in the low hurdles. As a UCA athlete Stephens won the hurdles in the AIC track meet and was ranked in the NAIA hurdle listings, qualifying to run in the NAIA championships. He coached in the Conway Public Schools from 1963 through 1967 and later took Carlisle to six district titles, 1956 through 1961. As the UCA coach Stephens’ teams won two AIC titles and he was named three times as AIC and NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year. He coached 12 All-Americans. He coached AIC All-Stars in Mexico in 1979. He oversaw the building of a new track at UCA that was named the Bill Stephens Track. Stephens was involved in high school and college athletics for 43 years. He also served in the Arkansas state legislature for 22 years.
Dr. William K. Bell,
Sr.: Now in his 80’s, Dr. Bell has broken several age-group world records, one being his 9’1/4" clearance at the USA Masters in Boston. Since Boston, he has cleared 9’3", and looks like 9’6" is well within reach. His event pr’s of 12.5 in the 100 m and 11’10’ in the pole vault were both set at the age of 50. Bell has participated actively and has won numerous events in the Arkansas Senior Olympics.
Edward L. Morton:
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville (1952-57). From Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Canada. In 1948, 9th grade, Morton was 1st in the Provincial Half Mile. In 1950 and 1951, 11th and 12th grade, he was Manitoba’s high school mile champion. In 1951 he was also the Canadian National High School Mile champion, and came in 4th in the half-mile. In 1952, as a freshman at the UA, he set the freshman mile record at 4:28.9. He left school and upon returning, in the spring of 1955, as a sophomore, he placed 2nd in the SWC Mile. In the fall of 1955, he won the SWC Cross Country 3-mile in 15:00.1. That same year in the NCAA Cross Country he placed 14th becoming the UA’s 1st All-American distance runner and the 3rd UA All-American in Track after Clyde Scott (1948) and Lee Yoder (1952). In the spring of 1956 he won the SWC Mile in 4:21.4. That fall he placed 2nd in the SWC Cross Country championship, leading his team to the 1956 SWC Team Cross Country Championship. That fall he also placed 10th in the NCAA Cross Country meet earning his 2nd All-American designation, the UA’s fourth. In the spring of 1957 he was 3rd in the SWC mile in his last year of eligibility. In 1958, he won the Glenn Cunningham (open) mile at the Kansas Relays, won the Canadian Mile championship, competed for Canada in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales, running a career-best 4:07.6 in the mile. In 1959 he coached the UA cross-country team that won the 1959 SWC Cross-Country Championship.
In 1960, at Charleston HS, set the State Class B record in the 120 yd. high hurdles and won the Meet of Champs in 14.9 sec., at that time the 2nd fastest time ever run in Arkansas HS track. In 1964, at the UA, he ran 13.9 to become the 2nd fastest UA high hurdler after Clyde Scott and placed 7th in the 1964 NCAA Outdoor Track meet. Renfrow started his coaching career at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville in 1965, moving next to Neosho, Missouri, where he started the cross-country program in 1967. From 1970 until 1977 he was the UA’s Head Coach for Men’s Cross-country and Track. From 1979, when he started the program, until 1981, he was the UA’s first Head Coach for Women’s Cross Country and Track. During that time at the UA, he was able to work on and complete his Doctorate. For 23 years, beginning in 1981, at John Brown University Renfrow held a variety of jobs. For seven years he was Head Coach for JBU’s Cross Country and Track teams while at the same time teaching in the physical education department. In 2003 and 2004 Renfrow served as JBU’s Sports Information Director before retiring in 2004. In addition to the time spent coaching and teaching, he also has been involved in backpacking and taught a camping and backpacking class at JBU, leading groups on trips in Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas. In 1983, he began taking flying lessons and after earning his pilot's license has been part owner in 10 different airplanes and has enjoyed flying various places across the country. During his career at JBU, Renfrow became interested in missions projects and has served in six short-term missions in Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela. In the last 5 years, he has become interested in and has completed one layout for model railroading. At the present he is working on expanding that layout to approximately 3 times the original size. Renfrow and his wife of 41 years, Jane, have traveled in Europe on several occasions, most recently a 3-week trip to Scotland in the fall of 2004. They have two married daughters, Mindy and Lori. Mindy and Michael have two children, Jordan and Joshua. Lori and Stephen have two children, Olivia and Ella.
(D) LR Central. Led LR Central to 1965 state track championship and was high point individual with 15 ½ points. Set the overall and Meet of Champs record in the 120 high hurdles in 13.9 and low hurdles in 18.8. Won eight state and six Meet of Champs races from 1963-65, with ten of these being state records. In 1965 Snyder set a national record running 180 low hurdles around a curve in 18.8. He tied the national record with 13.7 in the 120 high hurdles. Snyder also ran on the state record 440 and mile relay teams in 1964-65. He was invited to run in the prestigious Golden West Invitational at Sacramento, CA. in 1965, winning the high hurdle race in that meet. He was the first Arkansas high school hurdler to run high hurdles in less than 14.0 sec. flat and low hurdles in less than 19.0 sec. flat. He received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Alabama. After being injured in his first track season, Snyder spent the remainder of his time at Alabama playing baseball as a catcher and right fielder. He was recruited by four major league baseball teams after graduation but chose to attend Alabama instead so he could participate in both his favorite sports as well as get a degree.
Coach at Charleston HS and Sheridan HS; Meet Official – Participated in track at Hendrix College as a thrower, occasional runner and often student assistant to Coach Bill Montgomery. In football was named All-AIC and Honorable Mention Little All-American. He coached Football, Track and Cross Country for 15 years at Charleston, beginning in the fall of 1961. His teams won a jr. high state cross country championship in 1962 and state sr. high cross country championships in 1965, 1967 and 1968, with the best overall meet time in 1967 being run by a Charleston athlete. His teams won four jr. high and three sr. high district championships. He coached track and cross country five years at Sheridan. As a track coach his teams never won a state championship but they produced state individual champions, at the jr. high or sr. high level, in every track and field event except the mile run. As a track official he has served continuously as the Referee for the Arkansas Activities Association’s State Cross Country Meet since 1986 and as a State Track Meet Referee continuously since 1992. He has been a Starter for local meets for 24 years and has been requested to serve as Referee for numerous invitational and conference track meets over the years. Has served as the presenter for AAA Track and Field / Cross Country rules meetings for the AAA, co-taught the Referee’s School at AAA Track & Field Administrative Clinics and is a certified instructor for the NFHS Coaches Education Program in which he teaches Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid to certified teachers, spirit coaches and those becoming credentialed to be Registered Volunteers in interscholastic sports programs.
Roy “Doc” Walker:
(D) Texarkana High School coach for 14 years and a total of 35 years in the Texarkana School District. His athletic career began at the all-black Washington High School in Texarkana, where he played offensive end and defensive back. Washington won a state championship in his senior year, 1948. At Arkansas AM&N (now UA, Pine Bluff), he played both football and baseball for three years before entering the Army for two years. He returned to AM&N after service, worked for a year as athletic trainer and assistant baseball coach, and got his degree in 1954. He coached part of one summer in Holly Grove and then returned to Texarkana, where he coached football under Nathan Jones at Washington from 1956 until 1969, when the school was combined with Arkansas High. Walker coached in the Texarkana area for 35 years, 14 years at Booker T. Washington and 21 years at Texarkana High School. He became an assistant football coach under Lynn Nix. He was the head coach of the AHS baseball team during the first five years of that program’s existence, winning the district championship and a state runner-up trophy the first year. Although, as an athlete he played football, basketball and baseball, he never ran track on the high school or collegiate level. However, he was best known for developing some of the best track and field talent in the state. He was the head track coach for 14 years, winning three state championships in 1978, 1979 and 1980. His 1981 team finished as the state runner-up. Walker’s goal as a coach was to prepare his teams for life after athletics, stressing his famous Three D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Desire. In 1991 Texarkana renamed its Hog Relays the Roy “Doc” Walker Relays. Walker was the first recipient of the “Honors Boulevard” in the Hobo Jungle Park in Texarkana in 2000 when it was named “Doc” Walker Boulevard 2000.
Harrison High School and University of Arkansas. During his career, Wray broke both the overall state high school record and the Arkansas Collegiate record in the 880 yard run. Wray won the District, AA State Meet, and Meet of Champions 880 yard run all three years from 1962-64. In 1962, he became the first Arkansas high school athlete to break 2:00 in a state meet, running 1:59.7. Wray's best high school performance was winning the 1964 Meet of Champions with an overall state record of 1:54.1. At the University of Arkansas, he won the Freshman Division in the Southwest Conference 880 in 1965 and was the Southwest Conference 880 Champion in 1967. Wray was also Southwest Conference runner-up in the 880 in both 1966, setting the Arkansas Collegiate record of 1:49.3, and in 1968. He was a member of the Razorbacks 1966 Southwest Conference cross country championship team. Wray ran undefeated through out his high school career, and his freshman year at the U of A. He was a gold medal winner in the mile relay, running anchor in the Texas Relays in 1965. He was a silver medallist in the two-mile relay at the Texas Relays in 1965 and anchored the sprint medley relays at the Drake Relays in 1965 that won gold. They came in 2nd in the mile that year. In 1967, he anchored the 2-mile relay at the Kansas relays that placed 2nd. Wray was inducted into the inaugural class of the Harrison Goblin Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Batesville High School and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. A Batesville native, he formerly held the state’s high school AAAA and overall record in the 1600 meter run, 4:11.5, set in 1989 and the overall 3200 meter run record, 9:09, also set in 1989. At UA, Baker was a 7-time All‑American and the 1994 NCAA Outdoor 5000 meter champion. He recorded a 5000 meter collegiate career best of 13:42.92. Baker was the SEC cross country champion in 1990 and 1991 and the 1991 outdoor 5000 meter champion.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. At Moundridge H.S., Kansas, Dyck anchored the 880 and mile relay teams to state championships. At UA lettered four years, setting school 880 record of 1:54.9 as a freshman. Set SWC 880 record of 1:52.8. Was on three UA cross‑country championship teams, personally finishing 1st, 4th and 2nd. Set new meet and university records at Fort Worth relays with 1:52. Anchored sprint medley relay team at Texas Relays at 1:50.5 and was named Outstanding Athlete at Shreveport Relays in 1959. Dyck was on four record-setting relay teams at UAF in the mile, sprint medley, two-mile and four-mile. From 1984 to 2002 ran in 18 consecutive 10K races and five marathons.
Southern Arkansas University. All-AIC and NAIA All-American in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. Led SAU to AIC track & field championships as high point in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Four 1st places in 1983 and 1984. Holds SAU school records for 100-meter Dash (10.34), 200-meter Dash (20.84), 400-meter Dash (45.98), Long Jump (25’5½”) and member of the 400-meter relay team (3:08.20). Holds AIC record in long jump (24’11¼”).
Little Rock Central and University of Arkansas. At UA on freshman relay team that set UA 440-yard relay record at 42.2 sec. at Texas Relays in 1959. A track & football standout at Little Rock Central; a member of 3 state HS championship track teams 1956, 1957 and 1958, ran the 100‑yd, 220-yd, and 440-yd dashes and was a member of the state record holding 440-, 880- and Mile Relay teams. In 1957 he was the first Arkansas HS athlete to break 50 sec. in the 440 when he set the state HS record in the 440- in his junior year at 49.1. His best HS time in the 100-yard Dash was 9.9. At Pulaski Heights Jr. High earned Track letters in 1953-1955; participated in the Discus, Shot Put, Broad Jump, 50- yard, 100-yard, and 220-yard Dashs, 440- yard Run and the 440-,880-, and Mile Relays. His Jr. High team won the state championship in 1955 and he set state records in the 220-yard Dash (23.2) and 440-yard Run (51.8) and tied records in the 50- (5.8) and the 100-yard Dash (10.6).
Genoa Central HS, Henderson State University, Lake Hamilton High School coach. High school state champion in the mile and 880 and has held the Class A mile record since 1969. Koonce set HSU records in the mile, 880 and 3-miles in 1973 and still holds the mile and 880 records of 4:08.00 and 1:51.6. He won the AIC championship in the mile run and was NAIA finalist in the mile in 1973. Named “Duke Wells Inspirational Athlete” in 1973. President of Arkansas Track Coaches Association in 1984-85 and 1997-2001. Conference Coach of the Year 5 times. Has coached five cross country state team winners and 18 state runners-up. Coached 12 conference championship track teams and 13 runners-up. Coaching at Lake Hamilton H.S., Koonce has had 53 All State boys and 25 All State girls in track & field since 1985 and 26 All State boys and 31 All State girls in cross country. Coached 1 All American pole vaulter in 1988. Coached two state runners-up teams in outdoor track and one state champion team in indoor track and has had one of the top teams in the state for most of his tenure at Lake Hamilton. Active in all ATCA projects including indoor track season, All Star Cross Country Meet, winter clinic, summer clinic and All Arkansas Track team. Instrumental in starting the Arkansas-Oklahoma All Star Cross Country meet.
Arkansas Tech University. An all-sports performer at Atkins High School 1948-51 and 3-sport star at ATU in FB, BB and Track, 1952-55. In the 1951 HS conference meet Atkins won the meet with 90 points of which May scored 31, winning five 1st places, three of them new records, and also ran on three winning relay teams. The next team scored only 33 pints. In the 1951 state HS meet Atkins won with 52½ points, of which May scored 23¾ points, the next team just 24. May won the high hurdles, pole vault and high jump, was 2nd in the broad jump and ran on three 1st place relay teams. In the 1954 AIC meet May led ATU to a 2nd place finish with 16¾ of their 40 points as the top individual scorer. He won the 100-yard Dash (10.0), the broad jump (22-2½), had a 1st place tie in pole vault (12-3) and ran on the winning 880-yard Relay, 2nd place 440-yard Relay and finished 3rd in the 220-yard Dash.
Benton High School and Vanderbilt University. Was the dominant performer of his era in Arkansas high school track and later a football and baseball standout at Vanderbilt University. In the 1940 state meet, he set a record of 9.9 in the 100-yard dash, breaking a record that had lasted since 1916 and setting a record that would last until 1962, won the 220 yard dash in 22.2, second best ever, won the discus with a record throw of 137-10 and was third in the shot put. During the 1940 season he twice he ran 9.8 in the 100 yard dash. As a junior he set a state record of 25.1 in the 220-yard low hurdles. Moore played football at Vanderbilt University and was named to the All-Southeastern Conference sophomore team in 1941. He held the school punting record for 10 years, was fourth in the nation in 1942 with a 40.9 average, and was the SEC kickoff return leader in 1946. Vanderbilt did not have a track program.
1973 - Class AAA State Champion Shot Put - 61’ 5 ½” (state class record), 1974 - Class AAA State Champion Shot Put - 65’ 6 ½” (state class record), Meet of Champions Shot Put winner - 65’ 10 ¾” (overall state record), National High School Shot Put Champion - 69’ 8 ½”, High School All-American, 1977 - NAIA Outdoor Shot Put Champion, 1979 - NAIA Indoor Shot Put Champion, NAIA Outdoor Shot Put Champion, 6 Time NAIA Track and Field All-American.
An eight-time all-american in cross country and track, Drossin’s arrival at Arkansas coincided with the Lady Razorbacks’ rise to No. 1 in the cross country polls and three NCAA runner-up finishes. She was the 1992 NCAA cross country national runner-up. At the 1996 Outdoor Championships, Drossin was the 3,000 runner-up to teammate Megan Flowers and third in the 5,000. Drossin earned her eighth all-america honor with a fifth-place run in the 10,000. Her SEC titles include the 1991 and 1992 cross country championships, the 1993, 1994, and 1996 indoor 5,000 and the 1993 outdoor 3,000 and 5,000. She was the SEC Female Athlete of the Year for cross country in 1992 and 1993.
See Olympic Games Medalists (Women's Marathon 2004)
Long time and current coach of boys and girls track and field and cross country at Russellville High School. Outdoor teams have won ten conference championships. Teams have won ten state championships and twelve times runners-up in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Selected Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1976 by National High School Coaches Association. Selected State Coach of the Year in 2001-2002 for Cross Country and Track by the National Federation Athletic Coaches Association. Arkansas High School Coaches Association Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1997 & 2001. Arkansas High School Coaches Association Track Coach of the Year in 2002. Chaired and served on the AAA Track and Field Advisory Committee for several years. Selected as Arkansas’ Head Coach Men’s Team for the Arkansas-Oklahoma All-Star Meet in 1994. Meet Coordinator for NAIA National Outdoor Championships in 1986 and 1987. Inducted in National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. Boys Teams won the AAAAA Triple Crown by winning State Championships in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track in 2001-2002.
Before becoming a coach at Arkansas, Redwine has placed his name in the Razorback history books as a 400m, 600y and 800m runner from 1980-83. Redwine was a four-time All-American and was named UA’s Outstanding Track Athlete all four of his years in Fayetteville. During his freshman season, he captured the Southwest Conference Championship in the indoor 600-yard run (1:10.52) and was a member of the outdoor conference champion 1,600m relay team. The next year, Redwine once again became the 600-yard run champion, improving his time to 1:09.97. As a senior, he was a three-time conference champion in the 800m run (1:50.15), 880-yard run (1:50.96) and the mile relay (3:14.69). Redwine still ranks among the Razorbacks’ top 10 in six events, which includes anchoring the school’s record-setting sprint medley relay team (3:15.10) at the Penn Relays in 1983, which now ranks as the second-best time in history. Redwine owns the fourth-best time in school history in 800m at 1:46.13. In addition, he also ranks fourth in the outdoor 400m dash and was a participant in several top-10 relay performances for the Razorbacks. He still holds fourth, seventh and eighth-best times in the outdoor 1600m relay record book and the second, sixth and ninth best times in the outdoor DMR. For his achievements, Redwine was inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor.
During a coaching career spanning 43 years, George Henry coached over 5,000 athletes, with 115 earning collegiate athletic scholarships. His track and field teams won two State Championships, two AIC Track and Field titles and one AIC Cross Country title. Henry twice honored as NAIA District 17 and NAIA Area V “Track Coach of the Year”. In 1977 George Henry was honored as the first Arkansan to be inducted into the NAIA National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Coach Henry was also inducted into the University of the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Awards: ‘92 USA Olympic Team - Barcelona Games 5000m; Eight-Time All-American in Track & Cross Country; Seven Time SWC (Southwest Conference) Champion; Two-Time NCAA National 3000m Indoor Champion - ‘90, ‘91; ‘91 USA World Championships Team - Tokyo 5000m; ‘92 Indoor Grand Prix Champion 3000m; ‘93 Olympic Festival Champion 5000m; ‘94 Indoor Grand Prix Champion 3000m; Four-Time Millrose Games 3000m Champ - ‘91, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95; ‘94 USA National Cross Country Champion; ‘95 USA National Cross Country Runner-up; ‘96 USA National Cross Country Champion; Arkansas Road 5K Record Holder 13:26 - July 5, 1992; Arkansas Road 10K Record Holder 28:57 - October 1990.
Personal Bests: 800m - 1:52.1 - High School - April 1985; 1500m - 3:40.81 - Belfast, N. Ireland - July 16, 1990; 1 Mile - 3:57.08 - Fayetteville, Arkansas - January 25, 1991; 3000m - 7:43.02 - Nice, France - July 15, 1991; 5000m - 13:24.78 - Oslo, Norway - July 6, 1991; 10,000m - 28:31 - Mt. SAC Relays - April 1997.
Harry Y. Denson
Coach Denson coached at Crossett from 1952 to 1963 and built their first track. His last 7 years at Crossett saw no less than a second place finish in the State Meet and Crossett earned its first State Championship in 1958. At UAM, from 1966 to 1988, he coached 16 All-Americans, UAM’s only two individual National Champions, and 3 athletes who competed in the Olympic Trials. Coach Denson oversaw the enlarging of the UAM track from 7 to 8 lanes and the adding of an all-weather surface which allowed UAM to host the AIC Championship Meet during his last year with the school. That meet halted UAM’s 14 year home track meet winning streak. In 1980 Coach Denson was listed as one of Arkansas’ outstanding track coaches in George S. Jones’ book “History of the First Seventy-Five Years of High School Track and Field in Arkansas.” Coached 11 years at Crossett, 1 year at West Memphis, and 23 years at UAM. He was a WWII veteran and a Deacon at 1st Baptist Church in Monticello and passed away in 1993 at the age of 66. While at UAM he coached Damon Martin who now coaches men’s and women’s track and cross country at Adam’s State College in Alamosa, Colorado and is a 12-time National Coach of the Year. Coach Denson was an all-around athlete in high school and college. He was Warren’s outstanding athlete in 1945 and started at center for LRJC’s 1949 National Champion Football Team.
Outstanding performer at Pulaski Heights Jr. High in Little Rock. At Little Rock Central High School he was a member of three State Champions, 1956-57 and 58. Was High Point in the First Meet of Champions in 1958. Ran on state record setting 440, 880, and mile relay teams. 1st Arkansas high school athlete to run under 15.0 in 120 High Hurdles . Set State Record in 120 High Hurdles of 14.8 and 180 Yard Low Hurdles of 19.6. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 1959 to 1963. In SWC meet in 1963 he ran the 120 High Hurdles in 14.1. Named to Track and Field News 25 top Hurdlers in 1961 and 1963.
Hot Springs HS, 1st place in 880 run in 1947 State Meet. At UAF he set records in 2 mile run, 4 mile run and ran on 2 mile, & distance medley relays . Won SWC Cross Country individual championship. Set SWC record in 2 mile run. Ran in the 1952 Olympic Trials, qualifying in the 5000M and 3000M Steeplechase. He finished 5th in Steeplechase. Finished 1st in the two mile run in an all service meet in 1963. Won the mile and two mile at the South Atlantic AAU Meet.
Football and track coach at Stamps HS in 1964. His teams won four state Class B track championships and one runner-up in five years. He was named the AHSCA Outstanding Track Coach in 1966 and 1968. At Camden he won two AAA state track championships in 1973 and 1974. He was the AHSCA Outstanding Track Coach in 1973 and 1974. His 1992 team at Fouke was the Class A state runner-up.
He was the world record holder in 1976, held the American record twice in his career and was an American champion in three different decades. The Jonesboro native and Arkansas State University graduate was a 5-time NCAA champion and the Pan American Games champion in 1975. Earl Bell's personal best is a pole vault in 19' 3".
Outstanding performer at Pulaski Heights Jr. High. At Little Rock Central High School he ran 100 and 220 and 440, 880 and Mile relays. Lost only two times in the 100 yard dash in three years. He was high point in Tiger and Warrior Relays as well and state meets and Meet of Champs for three years. Best 100 yard dash time of 9.7. At Baylor University he ran 9.5 in the 100 yard dash. Outstanding Baylor Track Athlete in 1967.
University of Arkansas. He won the NCAA 1500 M in 1983. Three time All American. Two times world 3000M champion in 1989 and 1991. Three times an Olympian in 1984, 1988, and 1991. Ran on World Record 4 mile Relay team. Personal Best of 3:51.06 in the mile, 1:46.08 in the 800 meters, 5000M in 13:13.02, 7:39.99 in the 3000M and the 10,000M in 17:58.99.
Raymond “Rip” Powell:
Coached at Texarkana where he won two state track championships. Football and track coach at Stamps before returning to SAU as head track coach in 1963. After three season of a 3rd place and two 2nd place finishes in the AIC his 1967 team won their first AIC championship and then repeated in 1968. SAU had 25 All-AIC track athletes and 13 NAIA All-American during this time and set 5 AIC Records. The “Rip Powell Relays” are an annual event at SAU. In 1999 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SAU.
Dumas HS and College of the Ozark. Outstanding in all sports in high school as well as at C of O. He won the Broad Jump as well as the 100 and 220 yard dashes in most high school meet at Dumas. He set the NCAA javelin record at a meet in Chicago in 1928, the first record ever for an Arkansas athlete. He set state records in the javelin and broad jump. His broad jump record of 24’, 1 5/8”stood for 47 years, 1929 until 1976.He went to the Olympic trials at Harvard in 1929 but did not qualify. In 1932 he went to the Southern Olympic Trials in Memphis. Here he finished 1st in the Javelin and Broad Jump. Lack of money kept him from the Olympic games. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1969 and the University of the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Competed for Little Rock Central and UA, Fayetteville. He has continued to compete in road races and masters track and field meets. At Central he was the State Cross Country champion in 1964 and in 1965 the state mile and Meet of Champs winner. He broke the overall mile record three times with a best of 4:21. In 1966 he was a member of the Razorback SWC Cross Country championship team. He was the bronze medallist at UST&F Federation National Indoor Championships in the university 1,000 yard run. He has finished Six Boston Marathons. USATF-Arkansas Grand Prix overall state road racing champion in 1986. He won the 1994 Masters Pan-American 800M and 1500M
runs in Edmonton, Canada, and has won seven Master/Senior age group national championships with Masters best of2:00.2 at 800M and 4:00.9 at 1500M.
A native of Ottawa, Kansas, Booth was a standout quarter mile at Ottawa University. He began his coaching career at Willington High School in Kansas, moved to Fort Scott, Kansas and Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He gained a reputation as one of the premier prep field event coaches in the country. He came to Arkansas in 1977 to take over the field events. Booth has coached 42 national champions, 115 All-Americans and 10 Olympians. Some of the national champions he has coached are Mike Conley, Erick Floreal, Brian Wellman, Jerome Roamain, Roy Doakes, Matt Hemingway, Melvin Lister, Kenny Evans and Lavar Miller. Dick Bopothe was selected to be the jumping coach for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
John was an outstanding performer for Russellville High School. He set overall record in the 880 yard run with a time of 1:52.3 in 1970 (converts to a 1:51.6 800 meters) which makes his time the best ever 880 yd. / 800 meter time in Arkansas. John was the Arkansas Mee of Champions winner of the 880 yd run for the years of 1968, 1969, and 1970. He was member of the champion mile relay with a time of 3:20.0. John was a member of the Kansas State team when they won the Big 8 Championship held in Linoln, Nebraska in 1971.
An Arkadelphia native, Wanda was an outstanding track athlete for Arkadelphia High School and the University of Arkansas. She was on of the pioneers of girls's track and field as a sprinter, hurdler, long jumper, and high jumper. She has been honored as the Siftings Herald female of the year, featured in 1977's Sports Illustrated, Track and Field accomplishment, Arkansas Outstanding Track and Field Athlete in 1977, High School All-American with honors, Who's Who Among High School Athletes, Who's Who Among College Athletes and Collegiate All-American Honors, participated in AAU Natinoal Junior Olympics Nationals and received medals in three events. She once held the overall record in the long jump with a mark of 19'-8 3/4;; it is still the Class AAAA state record for Arkansas.5>
Henry Hawk of Conway, started for Conway High and ASTC/UCA in the fifties. His versatility allowed him to perform in the sprints, relays, and field events. After graduation, he coached at North Little Rock Ole Main where he developed several outstanding track athletes and teams. His versatility has continued into his U.S. A. Masters Track and Field lperformances where he has won 19 awards and national championships in the 800, 1500, 3200, and 500 meters. Henry set a world record in the indoor mile for the 60-64 age division in 1998 with a time of 5:13.38. He is the past president of the Senior Olympics and serves on the Governor's Council on Fitness.
Born in Gravely, Arkansas, March 3, 1913, Doyne won the National High School Track Meet in the broad jump at Chicago over a field of 62 entries. His jump, 23 feet 8 1/4 inches, was the third best world's high school distance, with Jesse Owens holding first place and Lonoke's Eddie Hamm second. Doyne never lost an event while in high school. He was highly recruited by Southern California, Georgia Tech, the University of Arkansas, and several other state school. He attended Georgia Tech and the University of Arkansas, but did not compete because of an injury received in the National High School Meet that didn't respond to the healing process. He attended Hendrix College in 1936-38 and competed. His best jump was 25 feet 8 1/2 inches. He competed for 10 years and lost only five times. Doyne qualified for the 1936 Olympic finals. He never made it to Munic, Germany because there were no sponsorship programs then, and his family's budget did not support a trip of that magnitude.
A 1924 graduate of Hendrix College, John was state high point man for four years in Arkansas state meets. He finished seventh in the U.S. Olympic decathlon in 1924 evebn though he fell in the hurdles; otherwise he would have finished second. He held six college records. As coach at Fort Smith, his team broke Little Rock school's record of 97 straight track victories when the Fort Smith Grizzlies won the 1946 conference meet. John is a member of teh Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Winfield Whipple was born in Crowley, Louisiana September 10, 1915, As a 13-yearl old, he jumped 20 feet 9 inches; at the age of 14 he jumped 22 feet. Win is considered as on of the finest high school athletes Arkansas ever produced. In his eleventh grade year at a district meet in Camden he won the 100 and 220 yard dashes, the broad jump and ran on two winning relays. He was high point man of the meet with 17 1/2 points. His high school broad jump record of 23 feet 3 1/4 inches set in 1932 stood for 51 years only to be broken in 1983. the Arkansas Gazett sports section has a picture of Win jumping at 23' 10 inches in May 1933. Win set a record of 24 feet 6 5/8 inches May 25-26, 1934 in the Annual Track and Field Union held at LSU. Had he not died when he did, he might have attended the Olympics in Germany in 1936. Winfield Whipple will be remembered as Win"Skinny" Whipple.
Crawford ran track for Harding University. He was the first Arkansas runner to break the 4-minute mile with a time of 3:59.6 in 1970. His all-time best was 3:56.9. He had the best indoor mile time in the world in 1972 with a 3:58.0. In 1993 he finished in the U.S. Masters and Great Britain Masters top three in the 5000 and 10,000 meter runs. He was in the finals in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Trials in the 1500.
Grant, who is still an active coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, participated in track and field at the high school and college levels. His coaching career started at Daniel High School in Crossett where he won district championships in 1952, 1954, 1955, and 1957 and a state ASAA championship in 1957. He later coached at Pine Bluff Southeast, winning nine conference championships and the state ASAA championship in 1961. Grant began his college coaching career in the early 1960s at his alma mater, UAPB. He won the SWAC championship in 1970, the AIC (men) championship in 1971 and AIC women's championship in 1985 and 1986. His teams produced NAIA District Championships in 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. His 1989 women's team was NAIA National Outdoor runner-up. He collected close to a dozen Coach of the Year awards during his career.
Masterson ran track for Ouachita Baptist University. He was national ranked among the top 10 in the world in the 800 meters. His best time was 1:45.76. In the NAIA he was indoor and outdoor All-America for three years. In one indoor meet he won the 600 and 800 meter runs, setting records in both events on the same night. He was MVP for the national meet in 1975. After college he ran for the Santa Monica track club and ran on the world record 4 x 800 meter relay. He qualified for the Olympic Trials twice. He held the AIC record for the 800 and 1500. Masterson was inducted into the 1984 NAIA Track and Field Hall of Fame.
McCollum was the head track coach at Russellville High School from 1967-1973, and his teams won state track championships in 1970 and 1971. He also won a junior high state track championship in 1967. He was the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Track Coach of the Year in 1970. His Russellville teams won conference championships in 1969, 1970, and 1974, and his Cross Country teams finished as state runners-up in 1968, 1969, and 1970. McCollum has served on the Arkansas Activities Association Track and Field Advisory Committee for 25 years, and chairman of that committee for 13 years. He has been a meet referee for 18 state track and field meets and for seven Meet of Champions. McCollum is one of seven members of the Russellville High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
Oakley attended Little Rock (Central) High School as a sophomore and junior, but did not compete in track because high schools in Arkansas did not allow competition in the mile or cross country. He attended Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri as a senior. He ran track for the University of Arkansas from 1955-1959. At Arkansas, Oakley was member of three Southwest Conference Cross Country championship teams in 1956, 1957, and 1958 when he was team captain. He won the SWC two-mile run in 1958. He placed third in the event in 1957 and second in 1959. In 1960 he won the Arkansas Relays open two-mile. As of June 3, 1960, he was the fourth fastest American of all time in the Steeplechase. He bettered the Olympic qualifying standard while placing fourth in the Olympic Team Trials in 1960, and was a team alternate. He won first place at the Kansas Relays Open Steeplechase in 1960 and 1962 and won the Pacific AAU Steplechase three times in 1961, 1962, and 1963.
Rector, who was born in Hot Springs in 1884, was the first Arkansas athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's 100 Dash 1908)
He won the silver medal in the 100 meter dash at the 1908 Games in London. Rector tied the world record in the 100 yard dash and ran the 220 yard dash in 21.4 seconds. He also tied the world record for the 50 yard dash (indoors) with a 5.2, and held the indoor world record in the 100 yard dash with a 10.0. He never lost a race on U.S. soil. He was the grandson of Arkansas Civil War governor Henry Massey Rector and Mississippi Reconstruction governor James Alcorn. he was a prominent St. Louis lawyer for mor than 30 years before retiring and moving back to Hot Springs. He died in 1950.
J.M. "Johnnie" Burnett
This former coach was instrumental in building a sound state high school activities program. He served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Activities Association from 1946-1974. Burnett was a member of the first National Federation Track and Field Rules Committee. He was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995.\h5>
As coach of the Pine Bluff Zebras, Butler lead his teams to 10 state track and field championships. The 1980's belonged to Butler and his Zebras. They captured 8 of 10 state titles from 1981 and 1990, including four in a row from 1985 to 1988.
This Grannis native represented UCA well on the track. In 1962, he won the NAIA 880-yard run with a time of 1:51.3. Only one week later he ran the fastest time recorded by an Arkansas in the 880-yard running it in 1:50.3. He was the first national track champion from UCA, and was an NAIA All-American
While at the University of Arkansas, Falcon won 7 NCAA titles. He was on the first Cross Country championship team from UA. Falcon won NCAA titles in numberous events ranging from the 1500 to the 10,000 meter runs.
Born in Denver, CO, Grove came to Arkansas to coach. He began his career at the University of Arkansas, but joined the staff at Hendrix College in 1924 where he remained until his retierment. Coach Grove was an all-0conference college athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track and brought this love of athletics to his coaching. He was among the first inbductees to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1959
Hall served as the Associate Director of the Arkansas Activcities Association from 1970 to 1996. He served twice on the national Federation Rules Committee, from 1974 to 1978 and again from 1986 to 1990. Hall was among the first inductees to the Arkansas High School Coaches Association-Arkansas Officials Association Fall of Fame in 1995.
This Little Rock native has served Arkansas athletics through the media for nearly four decades. Moore covered high school sports for the Arkansas Gazette for 25 years. He then moved on to become sports editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial. He is currently Director of Public and Media Relations for the Arkansas Activities Association.
Coach Bright and his teams won many championships for Conway from 1952-64. While at Conway High School, his teams won four 5A Championships, three 3A Championships, and two State Championships. He continued his success at his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas, with five AIC Championships. His 1962 team placed seventh in the NAIA national track & field meet, and included Gerald Cound, the first Arkansas runner to win an event in the national meet.
Clyde Hart began setting records as a student athlete at Hot Springs High School and then at Baylor University. this athletic success was the foundation for his coaching career. At tthe high school, college and Olympic levels, he has won numberous championships and coached numerous champions. Hart has been named the National Track Coach of teh Year three times, and coached seven national collegiate champions and eight world record performances. He has coached Olympic and world record holder Michael Johnson for the past 10 years.
this Olympian and U of A athlete has had an outstanding career as a triple jumper and lon jumper. His achievements include: #1 ranking in the wolrd six times; USA National Champion 12 times; won All-American honors 17 times; NCAA Chammpion ione times; two World Indoor Chammpionships; and one World Outdoor Championship. He won the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games, and captured the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. Conley has been named the Woorld's Greatest Combination Jumper of All Time.
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's triple jump 1984)
Jim "Mack" Sawyer
this Hamburg native was an integral part of track and field in Arkansas. Sawyer served as coach at Henderson State University from 1954 to 1989. During this time, he held many positions with committees and conferences at both the high school and college levels. He was named the NAIA District 17 Trach Coach of the Year in 1977, and was inducted into the NAIA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1982.
Clyde Horton graduated from Central High School in Little Rock, only to return there ten years later to further his coaching career. He became head track coach in 1963. During his 24 year tenure, his teams won the State Championship 8 times and the State Cross Country Championship 14 times. Horton was named High School Track Coach of the Year 4 times, District V Track Coach of the Year twice, and District V Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1979. He has served as a staff coach at the U.S. Olympic Development Facility.
At the 1984 Olympics, this Arkansas State University graduate became the first American in 80 years to win the Gold Medal in the Triple Jump. While at ASU, Al Joyner was a 3-time All-American, placed 8th in the World Championships in Helsinki, and was a 4-time Southland Conference Champion. Joyner received the Jim Thorpe Award in 1984 as the op field event performer in the United States. Joyner and his sister, Jackie, are the only brother-sister teammates in American history to medal in the same Olympic Games.
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's Triple Jump 1984)
While a coach at Harding University, Ted Lloyd's teams have won a total of 39 AIC Track and Cross Country Championships, and 32 NAIA District 17 championships. He has coached 6 NAIA national champions and over 75 All-Americans. Lloyd has also served track and field as the first president of the Arkansas Track Coaches Association, president of the NAIA Track Coaches Asociation, and as a member of the USA Track and Field Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Faculty of the U.S. Sports Academy.
Earl Quigley was athletics as Little Rock Central High School. He served as coach of baseball, basketball, football and track, and as Athletic Director, with an overall coaching record of 760 wins, 190 loses and 11 teis. As head track coach, he led Central to 18 consecutive state track championships - the second longest winning streak in the nation - and an overall record of 98-2, 97 of those wins were consecutive. In 1957, Tiger Stadium was renamed Quigley Stadium to honor his contribution to high school athletics.
This Bald Knob native and University of Central Arkansas graduate is the official on track in Arkansas. He was a starter or referee for the AIC and the Southwest Conference. He currently serves as a referee for the AAA, the University of Arkansas, Arkansas State University and the Southeastern Conference. Steward is the certification officer for Track and Field Official USA for Arkansas.
This Humnoke native coached track and field at Ouachita Baptist University for almost 30 years. During that time, he coached 71 NAIA All-Americans, one Olympian, and one NAIA Hall of Fameer. He was invited to coach at the 1979 World University Games and the 1986 Olympic Festival. He has also provided his support off the field as a lecturer in Mexico, as a past president of the Arkansas Track Coaches Association, the NAIA Track Coaches Association and the AIC Track Coaches Association, and currently as the president of teh Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame board. Bob Gravett is a member of teh NAIA Hall of Fame, was named AIC Coach of teh Year 3 times, NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year 5 times and Area Coach of teh Year 4 times. He holds the record, at 8, for teh most conference records by an AIC coach.
Eddie Hamm began his record-setting career in Lonoke. As a high school athlete, he won the state broad jump competition for 3 consecutive years, setting a state record of 23'2" his sophomore year. He went on to set a national record with a jump of 24'2 5/8". He also won the 220 yard dash for 3 consecutive years, the 100 yard dash twice, and won the state high jump title his senior yuear. while at Georgia Tech, he won the conference 100 and 220 yard dashes 3 times, and cleared 25' in the broad jump 8 times during his final season. this Olympian set a world record for the broad jump of 25' 11 1/8" at the U.S. Olympic trials. He won a gold medal for the broad jump at the 1928 Olympic Games with a jump of 25' 4 3/4".
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's long jump 1928)
This Arkansas State University graduate was a true champion. He was a four-time Southland Conference 110 yard champion high hurdler. He was also the conference 100 meter dash champion in 1970. In addition he was the NCAA 60 yard high hurdle champion in 1969, and the Inter-service high hurdle champion for 4 years. At the 1971 U.S. Track & Field Federation games he tied the world record 13.2 seconds in the high hurdles after running a wind-aided time of 13.1 seconds in the semi-finals. thomas Hill won the Bronze medal in the 110 meter high hurdles at the 1972 Olympic Games.
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's 110 Hurdles 1972)
While a coach at Atkins, Georg Jones' teams won 19 district titles and 6 state championships. He has worked as an official, a starter, a head field judge and a referee at meets across the state, including the Meet of Champs, the Decathlon and the Pentathlon. He has served on the National Track and Field rules Committee and as Chairman of the Games Committe for Arkansas high schools. This Pottsville native helped author the first track and field handbook, and is the author and publisher of The History of the First 75 Years of High School Track & Field in Arkansas. He developed the scoring tables in use today at the Decathlon and Pentathlon events. He has served as head field judge for the 7 national NAIA Chammpionships held in Arkansas. In 1995, he made his farm available and served as host of the State Highh School Cross Country Meet.
As a student-athlete at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he was a 6-time All-American. He was the AAU 3000 meter champion in 1966-67, and won the mile run at the 1966 British Selection Games. He made his mark on Arkansas as a coach. His Razorback track teams have won 4 National Triple Crowns, 12 Conference Triple Crowns, 25 Conference titles, 41 conferen e championships, 12 NCAA indoor titles, 8 national cross cojntry titles and 22 conference cross country championships. Every University of Arkansas indoor and outdoor track record is held by one of his recruits. No other coach in Division I men's collegiate athletics has won more national championships. John McDonnell has been named National Coach of the Year 16 times, Conference Coach of teh Year 22 times, and NCAA Division VI Coach of the Year 40 times.
Bill Carr ran only three open 400 meter races in his life. He beat the world record holder and bettered the listed record each time. He won the gold medal in the 400 meters at the 1932 Olympic Games, and ran the anchor leg on the 1600 meter relay team that set a new world record..
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's 400 dash 1932) The Pine Bluff native achieved all of this during his only full season of varsity competition while at the University of Pennsylvania.
During his 17-year tenure as Track Coach at Arkansas State University, Guy Kochel coached two world record holders, three Olympic Medalists and two American record hilders. He was an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Team in the 1984 Goodwill Games. He served as Vertical Jump Chairman for the U.S. Olympic Development committee from 1985-1988. In 1981, he authored the book "Practical Coaching Techniques for the Pole Vault".
This sportswriter for the Arkansas Gazette used his position to bring Track & Field to the attention of Arkansans. Jerry McConnell started the listing of Best Track Performances in the paper, and promoted the development of the decathlon meet. He was a co-developer of the high school Meet of Champions, putting on the first event in 1958. His writing emphisized individual performances and records.
Bobby Richardson was named Arkansas Track Coach of the Year 12 times. This 4-year track letterman from Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas) used his experience and knowledge to coach track at the high school level. As head track coach at Crossett High School, his teams won 18 state track championships and four state cross country championships. He received the Lowell Manning Award twice.
While most noted for his football career, Clyde Scott was a stellar track athlete. He was the state record holder in the 100 yard dash, 220 low hurdles, 110 high hurdles and the javelin while in high school at Smackover. At the University of Arkansas, he held school records in the 100 yard dash, 200 yard hurdles, javelin, 110 high hurdles and 440 relay, and was a world record holder in the 100 yard dash and 110 high hurdles. He won the NCAA Gold Medal in high hurdles in 1948. Clyde Scott won the Silver Medal in High Hurdles at the 1948 Olympic Games.
See Olympic Games Medalists (Men's 110 High Hurdles 1948)
Click here to return to the ATCA homepage