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Bruin Greats JJK And "Ducky" Drake Named USATF National Track & Field Hall Of Fame Finalists
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/18/2004

Aug. 18, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS (from USA T & F) - USA Track & Field on Tuesday announced the finalists for the "Class of 2004" for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, including Bruin great Jackie Joyner-Kersee and legendary UCLA men's coach and trainer Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake.

In conjunction with USATF's 2004 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, this year's Hall of Fame Inductions will take place Friday, December 3 in the Stanford Auditorium at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus in Beaverton.

Since the induction of the Hall of Fame Class of 2003, voting and balloting procedures have been revamped. To coincide with the opening of the new Hall of Fame at the 168th Street Armory in New York City earlier this year, the Hall of Fame Steering Committee and Board of Directors modernized the screening, nomination and voting processes.

This year's election includes finalists in four categories listed below. Nominations were written in a standard format, and four screening committees examined nominations and evaluated their merit based on objective criteria. Voting for each of the four categories is done by separate ballot.

1. Modern athletes, retired less than 25 years - JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE: Current world and American record holder in the women's heptathlon...four-time Olympian, long jump gold medal in 1988, bronze in 1992, 1996, heptathlon silver medal in 1984, gold in 1988, 1992...six-time World Outdoor Championships team member, LJ gold in 1987, 1991; heptathlon gold in 1987, 1993...USA 100m hurdles champion in 1994, LJ champion nine times, heptathlon champion eight times...USA Indoor 60m hurdles champion in 1992, LJ champion in 1992, '94, '95...NCAA heptathlon champion in 1982, 1983...former LJ world record holder, set heptathlon world record three times...two-time 100mH U.S. record holder...four-time U.S. LJ record holder...two-time U.S. 60mH record holder...six-time and current U.S. indoor LJ record holder...current U.S. indoor 50mH, 55mH, 60mH record holder...world ranked three times at 100m hurdles, 12 times at LJ (#1 three times), 11 times in heptathlon (#1 six times). A multi-sport standout at UCLA, in track & field JJK in 1985 won the Honda Broderick Cup for Collegiate Women's Athlete of the Year; in 1984, won the silver medal in the heptathlon at the Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games and in 1983 (NCAA record 6,390 points) and '82 won the NCAA heptathlon crowns. She was also a four-year starter on the Bruin women's basketball team.

2. Veteran athletes, retired more than 25 years

3. Coaches- ELVIN C. "DUCKY" DRAKE: As the head coach at his collegiate alma mater for 19 years (1946-1964), Drake led the UCLA Bruins to their first NCAA track and field title in 1956, for which he was named the Track and Field Coach of the Year. Drake coached nine NCAA champions and amassed a career dual meet record of 107-48. Drake also coached the Bruins to a pair of 2nd place finishes (1955/1949) and two 3rd place finishes (1960/1952) in NCAA team competition. During his coaching career, he turned out such world class athletes as Rafer Johnson and Cy Young (1952 Olympic javelin gold medalist). Perhaps Drake's most memorable accomplishment came at the 1960 Rome Olympics when his athletes including Johnson, who had graduated but was still under Drake's tutelage, and C.K. Yang finished first and second in the Olympic decathlon event. In 1973, UCLA's track & field facility was named after Drake, who was associated with his alma mater as a student-athlete, track coach and athletic trainer for over 60 years. Drake Stadium, one of the finest track & field facilities in the world, is now in its 37th season as the on-campus home of the Bruin men's and women's track & field teams. Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake died in Los Angeles of a heart attack on Dec. 23, 1988. He was 85.

4. Contributors

The finalists for election to the "Class of 2004" for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame are as follows:

MODERN ATHLETES-joining JJK are --

JOETTA CLARK: Four-time Olympian in women's 800 meters...five-time World Outdoor Championships team member (7th in 1997)...five-time World Indoor Championships team member (1993, 1997 bronze medalist)...four-time World Cup team member (silver medal in 1992)...four-time USA Outdoor 800m champion...five-time USA Indoor 800m champion...two-time NCAA Outdoor champion...ranked top 10 in the world seven times...1993 World Indoor relay gold medalist.

MIKE CONLEY: Three-time Olympic triple jumper, silver medal in 1984, gold medal in 1992...five-time World Outdoor Championships team member, bronze medal in long jump in 1983, triple jump silver medal in 1987, bronze in 1991, gold in 1993...two-time World Indoor Championships team member: bronze in LJ in 1989, gold in TJ in 1987 & 1989 at World Indoors...World Cup LJ champion in 1985, TJ champion in 1989...six-time USA Outdoor TJ champion, 1985 USA Outdoor LJ champion...1984-'85 NCAA Outdoor LJ & TJ champion, NCAA Indoor LJ champion in 1984-'85, NCAA Indoor TJ champion 1983-'84, '85...ranked top ten in the world in LJ eight times, ranked top ten in the world in TJ 14 times (#1 in the world six times)...former world indoor TJ record holder...current U.S. TJ indoor record holder.

HOLLIS CONWAY: Two-time Olympic men's high jumper, silver medal in 1988, bronze in 1992...two-time World Outdoor Championships team member, bronze medal in 1991...1991 World Indoor champion, 8th in 1993...five-time USA Outdoor champion...four-time USA Indoor champion...1989 NCAA Outdoor champion...1988-'89 NCAA Indoor champion...two-time U.S. Outdoor record holder...three-time U.S. Indoor record holder...ranked top ten in the world six times (#1 in the world twice).

JONI HUNTLEY: Two-time Olympic women's high jumper, bronze medal winner in 1984...three-time USA Outdoor champion...four-time USA Indoor champion...AIAW high jump & long jump champion in 1975...four-time U.S. outdoor HJ record holder...eight-time U.S. indoor record holder...ranked top 10 in the world three times... as a high school athlete in 1974 she became the first American woman to clear six feet in the high jump, accomplishing that feat three times in one week...her win at the 1975 Pan American Games was a meet record.

LYNN JENNINGS: Three-time Olympian, 10,000m women's bronze medal in 1992...three-time World Cross Country champion 1990, '91, '92, silver medal in 1986, bronze in 1993...nine-time U.S. Cross Country champion...four-time World Outdoor Championships team member in 10,000m...two-time World Indoor Championships team member, 3,000m bronze medal in 1993, silver in 1995...USA Outdoor 10,000m champion seven times...1990 USA Outdoor 3,000m champion...1996 U.S. Outdoor 5,000m champion...four-time USA Indoor 3,000m/2 mile champion, 1992 USA Indoor mile champion...set indoor 5,000m world & U.S. record in 1990...former U.S. record holder at 10,000m, indoor 3,000m and indoor two-miles...ranked top 10 in the world at 3,000m in 1990, three times at 5,000m and six times at 10,000m.

MICHAEL JOHNSON: Current world and American record holder in men's 200m and 400m and indoor 400m...set 200m world & American record twice...three-time Olympian, became first man ever to win 200m and 400m gold at the same Olympic Games in 1996...400m Olympic gold medalist in 2000...Olympic 4x400m relay gold medals in 1996 & 2000...five-time World Outdoor Championships team member, 200m gold medal in 1991, '95, 400m gold medal in 1993, '95, '97, '99...World Outdoor Championships 4x400m gold medal in 1993, '95, '99...4x400m world record in 1992-'93, '98...five-time USA Outdoor 200m champion...four-time USA 400m champion...four-time USA Indoor 400m champion...1990 NCAA Outdoor 200m champion...two-time NCAA Indoor 200m champion...world ranked 10 times at 200m (#1 five times)...world ranked 11 times at 400m (#1 10 times).

DOUG PADILLA: Two-time Olympian in men's 5,000 meters (best 7th in 1984)...three-time World Outdoor Championships team member (best 5th in 1983)...two-time World Indoor Championships team member at 3,000m (best 4th in 1989)...1985 World Cup 5,000m champion...six-time USA Outdoor 5,000m champion...seven-time USA Indoor 3,000m/3 mile champion...1981 NCAA Indoor two-mile champion...current U.S. Indoor 5,000m record holder...four-time U.S. two-mile record holder...former U.S. Indoor 3,000m record holder...world ranked three times at 5,000 meters.

JOAN SAMUELSON: First ever women's Olympic Games marathon champion in 1984...1981 U.S. 10,000m champion...set world and U.S. women's marathon record in 1983...four-time U.S. women's marathon record holder...ranked #4 in the world at 10,000m in 1984...five-times world ranked at marathon (#1 two times).

CALVIN SMITH: Olympic men's 100m bronze medalist in 1988...two-time World Outdoor Championships 200m gold medalist (1983, 1987)...1983 World Outdoor Championships 100m silver medalist...4x100m relay gold medalist at 1984 Olympic Games, 1983 World Outdoor Championships and 1985 & 1992 World Cup...1982 USA Outdoor 200m champion...world record in 4x100m relay in 1983, 1984, 1993...former 100m world and American record holder...world ranked 10 times at 100m, world ranked seven times at 200 meters (#1 one time).

VETERAN ATHLETES

EARLENE BROWN: Three-time Olympic women's shot putter, bronze medalist in 1960, two-time Olympian in discus throw (best 4th in 1956)...eight-time USA Outdoor shot put champion...five-time U.S. discus champion...1958 USA Indoor SP champion...Eight-time U.S. women's outdoor shot put record holder...set U.S. indoor SP record in 1958...five-time U.S. discus record holder...world ranked four times in SP (#1 once)...world ranked twice in discus throw.

DYROL BURLESON: Two-time Olympian in 1,500 meters (5th in 1964, 6th in 1960)...five-time USA Outdoor 1500m champion...three-time NCAA 1500/mile champion...two-time U.S. 1,500m record holder...two-time U.S. mile record holder...world ranked once in 800 meters...world ranked seven times at 1,500 meters (#1 one time)...set U.S. two-mile record in 1962.

REX CAWLEY: Olympic men's 400m hurdles gold medalist in 1964...three-time USA 400m hurdles champion...1963 NCAA 400m hurdles champion...set 400m hurdles world record in 1964...world ranked in 400 meters twice, world ranked in 110m hurdles once, world ranked in 400m hurdles seven times (#1 two times).

JACK DAVIS: Two-time Olympic 110m hurdles silver medalist (1952, 1956)...three-time USA 110m hurdles champion...three-time USA Outdoor 220y hurdles champion...1954 USA Indoor 60y hurdles champion...three-time NCAA 120y hurdle champion...1953 NCAA 220y hurdles champion...former 110m/120y hurdles world and U.S. record holder...world ranked in 110m hurdles six times (#1 three times)...undefeated in 110mH/120yH in 1953 & 1954.

OTIS DAVIS: 1960 Olympic gold medalist at men's 400 meters...1960 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist....former 4x400m relay world and U.S. record holder...1961 USA Outdoor 400m champion...former 400m world & U.S. record holder...ranked top ten in the world three times.

JIM FUCHS: Two-time Olympic bronze medalist in men's shot put (1948, 1952)...two-time USA Outdoor champion...three-time USA Indoor champion...two-time NCAA Outdoor champion...three-time IC4A Indoor champion...four-time shot put world outdoor record holder...three-time world indoor SP record holder...ranked top ten in shot put in the world six times (#1 three times)...ranked top ten in the world in the discus three times.

GERRY LINDGREN: Placed ninth in men's 10,000 meters at 1964 Olympic Games...1967 USA 3,000m champion...1964 USA 10,000m champion...three-time NCAA 5,000m/3,000m champion...three-time NCAA 10,000m/6,000m champion...two-time NCAA Indoor two-mile champion...three-time NCAA cross country champion...won 11 of 12 NCAA championship events he contested...set six-mile world record in 1965...set U.S. 3,000m & 5,000m records twice each...he became the first American to win a distance race in a U.S.-Soviet Union dual meet with his win in 1964.

MATT McGRATH: Four-time Olympic Games men's hammer thrower, won gold medal in 1912, silver in 1908, 1924...seven-time USA Outdoor hammer champion...seven-time USA Indoor 56-pound weight throw champion...set world and U.S. hammer throw record two times...set world and U.S. 56-pound weight throw record in 1911...world ranked in hammer throw 22 times (#1 five times).

ELEANOR MONTGOMERY: Two-time Olympic women's high jumper...six-time USA Outdoor champion...six-time USA Indoor champion...two-time U.S. outdoor record holder...four-time U.S. indoor record holder...world ranked in women's high jump five times.

RAY NORTON: Olympic men's 100m and 200m finalist in 1960...two-time USA Outdoor 100m champion...two-time USA Outdoor 200m champion...1959 NCAA Outdoor 220y champion...three-time 100y world and U.S. record holder...two-time 100m world & U.S. record holder...world ranked three times in 100m (#1 one time)...world ranked three times in 200m (#1 one time).

JOHN PENNEL: Two-time Olympic pole vault finalist (1964, 1968)...1965 USA pole vault champion...four-time world outdoor pole vault record holder...10-time U.S. Outdoor pole vault record holder...two-time world indoor PV record holder...four-time U.S. Indoor PV record holder...world ranked seven times (#1 two times).

PAT RYAN: Olympic gold medalist in hammer throw in 1920, Olympic silver medalist in 56-pound weight throw in 1920...eight-time USA Outdoor hammer throw champion...two-time USA Indoor 56-pound weight throw champion...his world record set in 1913 lasted 24 years, 39 years as the American record...his throws led the annual end of the year world list eight times...world ranked 10 times (#1 8 times). FRED WOLCOTT: Three-time USA Outdoor men's 110m hurdles champion...four-time USA Outdoor 220y hurdles champion...two-time NCAA 110m hurdles champion...three-time NCAA 220m hurdles champion...1942 USA Indoor 60y hurdles champion...set NCAA 110mH/120yH collegiate record in 1941...set U.S. 220m hurdles record in 1940...his best times led the annual end of the year world list four times...lost only two 120y/110mH races in 1938-40.

COACHES-joining "Ducky" Drake --

SANDOR "ALEX" FERENCZY: As the coach of the Cleveland Track Club that he founded in 1957 and led until 1976, Sandor "Alex" Ferenczy coached 15 athletes who amassed 43 national championships during his career. The 1976 U.S. Olympic Team women's head coach, Ferenczy was the coach of 1968 Olympic women's 800m champion, 10-time national champion and three-time world indoor record holder Madeline Manning-Mims. Ferenczy also coached Olympians Vivian Brown, Sandra Knott and Eleanor Montgomery and served on numerous national team coaching staffs including the 1968 Olympic team (head women's coach) and the 1976 Olympic Team.

CONRAD FORD: Named the Executive Director of New York City's Police Athletic League track and field programs in 1973, Ford was involved with the program from 1949 until his death in 1985. The U.S. Olympic women's team head coach at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, during his career Ford mentored Olympians Mae Faggs, Meredith Ellis, Anne Marie Flynn, Barbara Browne and Mattline Render. Ford's PAL squads won the team title at five consecutive USA Indoor championships (1949-1953).

Dr. KEN FOREMAN: The founder of the Falcon Track Club in Seattle and the head coach at Seattle Pacific University for 38 years, Foreman's pupils include National Track & Field Hall of Famer Doris Brown Heritage and fellow Olympians high jumper Pam Spencer, weight thrower Lorna Griffin and long jumper Sherron Walker. Foreman has been on 17 U.S. international team staffs, including the 1980 and 1988 Olympic staffs, the 1981 World Cup staff and the 1983 World Championship staff. The author of several books on track and field, Foreman now resides in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, where he serves as boys' cross country and track coach at Konawaena High School.

STAN HUNTSMAN: In a 39-year career as a collegiate head coach, Stan Huntsman compiled 46 conference championships during his tenures at Ohio University (14 years), University of Tennessee (15 years) and the University of Texas (10 years). He coached 41 NCAA champions and four national champion relay squads, and led Tennessee to two NCAA team championships (1972 cross country, 1974 outdoors). Huntsman earned NCAA National Coach of the Year honors six times during his tenure with the Volunteers, with those honors coming in outdoor track (1974-76-83), indoor track (1981-82) and cross country (1972). Huntsman coached American record holder and Olympian Doug Brown, and NCAA champion, U.S. champion, World Cup champion, and 1992 Olympian David Patrick among others. Huntsman also enjoyed a successful international coaching career, serving as the head USA coach for the 1988 Olympic Games, 1983 World Championships and 1977 World Cup. He served as an assistant coach at the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games.

LAWSON ROBERTSON: Head coach of the Irish-American AC from 1908 through 1916, and the University of Pennsylvania from 1916 to 1947, Robertson is the only person selected as men's Olympic head coach more than once, serving in 1924, '28, '32 and '36. Among the many great athletes he coached are five inductees of the Hall of Fame: John Flanagan, Abel Kiviat, Ted Meredith, Mel Sheppard and Jean Shiley. At least 22 athletes made U.S. Olympic teams while under his care, including three gold medalists, with another eight of his athletes earning gold at other points in their careers. He coached nine athletes to world records. Robertson's IIAC teams won seven AAU outdoor titles, six AAU indoor titles, and six AAU cross country titles, while his Penn teams won one AAU indoor, one IC4A outdoor, four IC4A indoor and two IC4A cross country championships.

ROBERT "TIMMIE" TIMMONS: After taking over the track program at the University of Kansas in 1966, Robert "Timmie" Timmons' Jayhawk teams won 13 Big Eight indoor titles and 14 conference outdoor crowns. He led the Jayhawks to three NCAA indoor championships in 1966, 1969 and 1970, and his 1970 outdoor team tied for the national championship with Oregon, Brigham Young and Drake to give him four titles in five years. Timmons' coaching career included teaching one of the world's best track athletes in Jim Ryun. Recruited to Kansas by Timmons, his former high school coach, Ryun set world marks in the 1,500 meters, the mile and the 800 meters while wearing the pink and blue of Kansas. Timmons retired as the KU track coach in 1988.

CONTRIBUTORS

JIMMY CARNES: The founder of the Florida Track Club, whose members included luminaries such as Frank Shorter, Marty Liquori, Jack Bachelor and Steve Williams among others, Jimmy Carnes currently serves as the Executive Director of the United States Track Coaches Association, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Sports Academy. The former President of The Athletics Congress (now USA Track & Field) Carnes served as an assistant coach for the 1976 U.S. Olympic track & field team in Montreal. He was selected head coach for the U.S. Olympic men's team for the 1980 Olympic Games. However, the team did not compete in Moscow due to a boycott. As head track coach at Furman University from 1962-1964, and at the University of Florida from 1964-1976, Carnes posted a record of 161-11 during his career. Two of the track teams he coached at Furman were 16-3 in dual meets and won both the Southern Conference Indoor and Outdoor title. Carnes also captured two SEC Indoor Championships with a 93-3 mark at the University of Florida.

TED CORBITT: A leading proponent of long distance running in the U.S., Ted Corbitt served as a founder and the first president of the New York Road Runners Club from 1958-1960. The president of the Road Runners Club of America from 1960-1961, Corbitt was also the chairman of the AAU National Long Distance Running Committee from 1965-1968. The original standard bearer for long distance running road course certification, Corbitt published a book on the subject through the Road Runners Club of America in 1960. As the founder of USA Track & Field's Road Running Technical Council, Corbitt managed a national program of accurate road measurement and certification; established and maintained a national list of certified courses; and selected, trained and supervised road course certifiers.

Dr. EVIE DENNIS: During her four decades of involvement in track and field and the U.S. Olympic Committee, Dr. Evie Dennis has served in many capacities. In 1978, she ran for second vice president of the AAU, running against two men and winning on the first ballot - a rarity in a three-candidate race. She was the chair of women's track & field for the AAU in 1979, and she became overall, acting chair of track & field when men's chair LeRoy Walker resigned. In June 1980, in Dallas, she convened the first constitutional convention for what was to become The Athletics Congress (later USA Track & Field), and served as TAC's acting president. She was the first female chef de mission (team leader) for the USOC, twice fulfilling the role for the Pan American Games, in Caracas, Venezuela, and Havana, Cuba. She was Chef de Mission for the U.S. delegation at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, and she has been involved in U.S. team processing for every Olympic Team since 1976. Dr. Dennis has continued her involvement in USATF's women's track and field committee, and serves as USATF's delegate to the IAAF.

PATRICIA RICO: Active in track and field as an athlete and administrator, Pat Rico served as the president of USA Track & Field from 1996 through 2000, where during her tenure she was the architect of a two-year restructuring of the governing body. During her presidency, Business Sports Weekly named her one of the top 50 female executives in sports. A competitor in the discus throw at the 1960 U.S. Olympic Trials, Rico has served the sport in many capacities. Shortly after retiring from competition, she co-founded Track Mirror, the first American publication for women's track and field. She also began an association with the sport's national governing body, where she served as USATF's chair of the women's track and field committee for two terms (1971-75, 1984-88). Elected to the IAAF Women's Committee in 1976 through 1999, Rico fought to broaden women's events in the Olympic program. She served as Chef de Mission for U.S. teams on five occasions including the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow. She was also the women's team head manager at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and served in that capacity for six other teams. Rico also served as assistant director of the USA/Mobil Indoor Track & Field Championships, working with her husband, Heliodoro, on the event from 1979-1995. Since 1982, Rico has served as the referee at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

VINCE REEL: As the founder, editor and publisher of "Women's Track & Field World" from 1968-1985, Vince Reel provided coverage of women's track that could not be found anywhere else. Reel was also the editor of the official publication of The Athletics Congress (now USA Track & Field) entitled "TAC Talk," and published the book "3,741 Tips On Track" in 1962. Reel also founded many track events including the Wilson Relays, Southern California Freshman Relays, Pomona Valley Meet of Champpions, Claremont Relays, Redland's Women's Invitational and he served as meet director of the 1970 AAU Nationals at UCLA.

BROWNING ROSS: In 1957 Ross formed the Philadelphia Road Runners Club, which expanded into a national organization a year later and became what is today the 180,000-member Road Runners Club of America. With many special prizes and age-group awards presented annually, the RRCA competitions gave runners at every level a sense of accomplishment. Ross also single-handedly produced the "Long Distance Log," the first publication in the United States devoted to distance running. From its beginnings in 1956 the publication informed runners about upcoming races, and he used the pages of LDL to lay out the plan for a nationwide running club that would be divided into various geographic districts. LDL was the prototype for other running magazines that followed. He started with Philadelphia, added New England, and then opened a New York chapter. It was the latter that openly confronted the Amateur Athletic Union and paved the way for women to participate and for the sport to eventually be accepted at all levels.

FRED SCHMERTZ: A charter member of the Millrose A.A. of John Wanamaker from the club's inception in 1907, Schmertz became the assistant meet director of the Millrose Games in 1920 and the meet director in 1934, and served in that distinction until 1974. During the many years of his stewardship, Schmertz attracted innumerable domestic and foreign stars to compete at the Millrose Games, which continued to grow in stature during his tenure to become the longest running sporting event in Madison Square Garden history, and the premier annual indoor invitational track meet in the world. Schmertz served as an assistant manager for the 1952 U.S. Olympic Team.

For more information on the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, visit www.usatf.org.


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