North Carolina High School Track & Field/Cross Country Hall of Fame

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2023:  Nine new inductees named for the North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame; Ceremony January 28, 2023 at JDL Fast Track during the Mondo Elite Invitational.

Inductees include:


Keni Harrison   J-Mee Samuels

Johnny Dutch   Latasha Pharr

Pam Doggett


E.V. Patterson   Charlie Brown

Alan Peoples   Roy Cooper


*Set world outdoor 100-meter hurdles record in 2016, breaking a mark that had stood for 28 years (that has since been broken, but she still ranks)

*6-time World Track & Field Championship qualifier

---Outdoor track (2015, 2017, 2019, 2022)

---Indoor track (2016, 2017)

*Olympic silver medalist (2020), 100-meter hurdles

*World Outdoor Championship silver medalist (2019), 100-meter hurdles

*World Indoor Championship gold medalist (2018), 60-meter hurdles

*NACAC gold medalist (2018), 100-meter hurdles

*Continental Cup silver medalist (2018), 100-meter hurdles


(Clemson, 2012, 2013; Kentucky, 2014, 2015)

*2-time NCAA Champion, 60-meter hurdles, 2015; 100-meter hurdles, 2015 (for Kentucky)

*2-time NCAA Runner-up, 400-meter hurdles, 2014; 400-meter hurdles, 2015 (for Kentucky)

*7-time All-American (100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 2013 for Clemson; 100-meter hurdles; 400-meter hurdles, 2014 for Kentucky; 60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles; 400-meter hurdles, 2015 for Kentucky)

*4-time ACC Champion (400-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, 2012; 400-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, 2013, at Clemson)

*4-time SEC Champion (100-meter hurdles; 400-meter hurdles, 2014, becoming first athlete to win both at the SEC Championships in 15 years); (60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, 2015)


*2-time Track & Field News All-American (100-meter hurdles & 300/400-meter hurdles, 2011)

*2011 North Carolina Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year

*2-time New Balance national champion

--60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles (2011)

*2-time N.C. 4A State Meet MVP (2010, 2011)

*5-time N.C. 4A State Champion

--2011 N.C. 4A State Indoor Champion (500 meters)

--2010, 2011 N.C. 4A State Outdoor Champion (100-meter hurdles)

--2010, 2011 N.C. 4A State Outdoor Champion (300-meter hurdles), setting a state meet record of 41.41 in 2011 that still stands today

*9 all-time North Carolina top-50 rankings (including 5 events in the top 5)

--Ranked North Carolina No. 4 all-time in the 55-meter hurdles (7.83)

--Ranked North Carolina No. 5 all-time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.42)

--Ranked North Carolina No. 5 all-time in the 100-meter hurdles (13.49)

--Ranked North Carolina No. 3 all-time in the 300-meter hurdles (41.41)

--Ranked North Carolina No. 4 all-time in the 400-meter hurdles (58.34)

--Also ranks all-time top 50 in North Carolina in the indoor 300 meters, 400 meters, 500 meters, and the outdoor 400 meters

*2005 Track & Field News High School Athlete of the Year (national award; only two other N.C. boys have ever won the award)

*2005 Track & Field Yearbook Athlete of the Year (national award; only two other N.C. boys have ever won the award)

*4-time Track & Field News All-American (100 meters and 200 meters, 2004 and 2005)

*North Carolina Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2005).

*5-time NCHSAA state champion (4 indoors and 1 outdoors)

--55 meters, 2002, 2003, 2005 (indoor track)

--300 meters, 2003 (indoor track)

--200 meters, 2005 (outdoor track; setting a still-standing 4A record of 20.61)

Graduated ranked No. 1 all-time in North Carolina in 5 events:

---indoor 60 meters (6.70, still No. 3 all-time)

---indoor 200 meters (21.22, still No. 3 all-time)

---indoor 300 meters (33.87, still No. 3 all-time)

---outdoor 100 meters (10.05, still no. 2 all-time)

---outdoor 200 meters (20.32, still No. 2 all-time)

(graduated No. 2 all-time in the indoor 55 meters, with a 6.23, which is still No. 4 all-time


(Arkansas, 2006-2009)

*4-time All-American

--100 meters, 2006 (outdoor track)

--60 meters, 2008 (indoor track)

--200 meters, 2008 (indoor track)

--100 meters, 2009 (outdoor track)

*Helped Arkansas to the 2006 NCAA national indoor championship

*Helped Arkansas to 7 SEC team titles

--2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 indoor track

--2006, 2008, 2009 outdoor track)

*Current Arkansas All-Time Top-10 Rankings

--No. 3, indoor 60 meters; No. 5 indoor 200 meters; No. 3 outdoor 100 meters; No. 5 outdoor 200 meters.

*4-time Track & Field News All-American

--2005, 2006, 2007, 110 hurdles

--2007, 300/400 hurdles

*National high school record holder in the odd-distanced 50-meter hurdles (6.62, still stands)

*No. 7 all-time in national high school history in the 55-meter hurdles, 7.07

*2-time National Champion

--National indoor champion, 60-meter hurdles (2007)

--National outdoor champion, 110-meter hurdles (2006)

*North Carolina Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2007)

*3-time Pan Am medalist (2007)

--2 gold (110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles)

--1 silver (4x400-meter relay)

*9-time state track champion

--55-meter hurdles, 2005, 2006, 2007, setting state meet records in 2006 and 2007

--110-meter hurdles, 2004, 2005 (3A) and 2006, 2007 (4A), setting state meet records in 2005, 2006, 2007 (still holds N.C. 3A and N.C. 4A state meet records, of 13.88 for 3A and 13.39 for 4A)

--300-meter hurdles, 2005 (3A) and 2006 (4A), setting a 4A state meet record of 36.60

*4A outdoor state meet MVP, 2006

--COLLEGE (at South Carolina)

*3 top-10 World Rankings in 400-meter hurdles (2008, 2009, 2010)

*NCAA Champion (400-meter hurdles, 2010)

*NCAA runner-up (400-meter hurdles, 2009)

*8-time All-American (60-meter hurdles; 400-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, 2010; 60-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay indoors and outdoors, 2009;

*3-time SEC Champion (400-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, 2009; 400-meter hurdles, 2010)

*2008 World Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships silver medalist (400-meter hurdles)

*2008 U.S. Junior Track & Field Championship silver medalist (400-meter hurdles)

*2009 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships silver medalist (400-meter hurdles)

*2010 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships silver medalist (400-meter hurdles)

*2010 NACAC bronze medalist (110-meter hurdles)

*2010 Penn Relays Champion (400-meter hurdles and Shuttle Hurdle Relay)

*Holds 11 all-time top-10 marks in University of South Carolina school history, including the school record in the 400-meter hurdles


*3-time Diamond League winner

*2014 U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Champion (400-meter hurdles)

*17-time State Champion (12 outdoors, 5 indoors)

*2-time North Carolina Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2000, 2001)

*2-time Track & Field News All-America

--triple jump, 2000

--100-meter hurdles, 2000

*Indoor National Champion

--triple jump, 2000

*5-time N.C. State Meet MVP

--4-time N.C. 2A Outdoor State Meet MVP (1998, 1999,2000, 2001)

--1-time N.C. all-class Indoor State Meet MVP (2000)

*Made 2000 U.S. Junior team that competed at World Juniors in Santiago, Chile

*2-time Rowan County Female Athlete of the Year (1999, 2001)

*Inducted into the Rowan County Sports Hall of Fame, 2011

*Led North Rowan to 4 team State titles

*17 State title

--12 Outdoor State Titles

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 N.C. State Champion (100-meter hurdles),setting a state meet record all 4 times

1999, 2000, 2001, N.C. State Champion (300-meter hurdles), setting a state meet record in 2000

1999 N.C. State Meet Champion (long jump)

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 N.C. State Champion (triple jump), setting a state meet reord of 40-9 in 2000

--5 Indoor State Titles

1998, 2000, 2001, N.C. Indoor State Champion (55-meter hurdles), setting all-class state meet record of 8.15 in 2001

1999, 2000, N.C. Indoor State Champion (triple jump)

*4 team State titles

--Led North Rowan to 1999 N.C. All-class Indoor State title

--Led North Rowan to 1999, 2000 & 2001 N.C. 2A Outdoor State title

--All-Time State Rankings

*Was ranked No. 1 all-time in the 55-meter hurdles when she graduated (still all-time top 30)

*Was ranked No. 1 all-time in the 60-meter hurdles when she graduated (still all-time top 8)

*Was ranked No. 6 all-time in the long jump when she graduated (still all-time top 20)

*Was ranked No. 4 all-time in the triple jump when she graduated (still all-time top 6)


(Alabama, 2002-2005)

*All-American, triple jump, 2005

*SEC Medalist:

--Silver medalist, indoor triple jump, 2005

--Silver medalist, outdoor triple jump, 2004

--Bronze medalist, outdoor long jump, 2004

--Bronze medalist, indoor triple jump, 2002

*Current Alabama All-Time Top-10 Rankings

--No. 2, outdoor triple jump; No. 2, indoor triple jump; No. 6, 60-meter hurdles; No. 6, 100-meter hurdles; No. 9, indoor long jump

*NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year, 1986 (for all sports)

*North Carolina Gatorade Track & Field Girls' Athlete of the Year (1986)

*3A/4A state meet MVP, 1986

*8-time state outdoor track champion (5 individual, 3 relay), setting 6 state meet records (there was no indoor meet when Doggett competed)

---won the 100-meter hurdles twice (1985 and 1986, setting an all-class record in 1986); 200-meter hurdles (1984, setting a state meet record); 300-meter hurdles (1985 and 1986, setting an all-class record of 42.00 in 1986 that stood for 25 years); 4x100-meter relay (1984); 4x200-meter relay (1984, setting a state meet record) and 4x400-meter relay (1986, setting a state meet record).

*1986, USATF National Junior Olympic Champion 100 m Hurdles

*1986, USATF National Junior Olympic Champion 4x100 Relay

*1984, 2nd at USATF Juniors (under 20) in the heptathlon

*1984, 3rd at Pan Am Junior Championships in the heptathlon

*1984, USATF National Junior Olympic Champion 100 m Hurdles and national record in the heptathlon

*1983, USATF National Junior Olympic Champion 100 m Hurdles

*1983, USATF National Junior Olympic Champion Heptathlon


*The "Father of Track & Field" in North Carolina

*Started the NCHSAA state meet, by helping raise money, providing awards and writing the rules

*Coach of North Carolina's first dynasty, now-defunct Friendship High School in Burlington

*Led Friendship High School to 7 straight state titles, 1914-1920


--Captain of the University of North Carolina's track team, 1912

--Won mile and 2-mile at 1912 Southern Intercollegiate Games in Baltimore

--First person from North Carolina to compete in Europe, competing in 25 track meets in England, Scotland and Germany, in 1913

*Inducted into the Greensboro Sports Hall of Fame in 2021

*Coached at least 21 U.S. national Junior Olympic track & field athletes as well as multiple national champions at various high schools

*Coach of the 2005 U.S. cross country team at the IAAF World Championships in France

*Coach of the 2005 U.S. Junior national team at the NCAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) Cross Country championships

*Meet director for multiple U.S. Track & Field national and world qualifying meets, as well as a variety of high school and college meets

*Founded Greensboro Invitational in 1983; one of the longest running high school cross country meets in North Carolina

*Began Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic, another one of the state's long-running high school meets

*Founded Greensboro Pacesetters track and field club in 1979

*Coached All-Americans and national champions Pam Doggett and Kim Jones in high school

*Coached 4 State Championship team titles

--Coached 1992 NCISAA state championship teams in track & field (boys and girls) and in cross country (1985), coaching at Greensboro Day

--2009 N.C. 3A state indoor championship, coaching at Southwest Guilford

--2002 and 2003, N.C. 3A runner-up, at Southwest Guilford

*Graduated from Grimsley High in 1977, running cross country and track; then ran two years at the University of North Carolina, before graduating in 1981

*Coached 63 individual state champions

*Coached 64 who competed in college

*Coached Polk County boys to 2018 N.C. 1A state track and field championship

*Coached Polk County boys to 2016 N.C.1A/2A state indoor track and field runner-up

*Coached since 1972, with the last 34 years as head track/cross country coach at Polk County High School (1989-current)

* USATF Level II Endurance Coach-2015

* USATF Level I Coach-1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011


*State Outdoor Track Meet director-1994-2017 (24 years)

*Regional Outdoor Track Meet director-1992-2017 (24 years)

*State Indoor Track co-director-1992-95-4 years; Director-2017-20 (4 years)

*Regional XC director- 1990, 1992-2002, 2005-2016 (1, 2, and 3A West), 24-regionals

*Starter, 1985

*Junior Olympics track coach- 1989-1997

*USATF Official's Certification at National Level for D-1, D-2, NAIA, & JUCO

* NFHS Official

*13-year meet director/founder, Reindeer Games

*14-year meet director/founder, WNC Polar Bear Championships


***35 Coach of the Year Awards

---Won [1 of 2] Polk County's "Mt Rushmore of Coaching" by community vote, 2021

---2015 NFHS Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year for North Carolina

---2018 NCHSAA Boys State Outdoor 1A Track Coach of the Year

---2018 Asheville Citizen-Times Track Coach of the Year

---2010 Times-News Women's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year

---2005 NCHSAA Women's Runner-up State XC coach of the year

---19-time boys and girls' conference outdoor Track Coach of the year (1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006 boys; 2006 girls; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 boys; 2019 girls ' 2021 girls; 2022 girls.

---2001 Mountain Bank track Coach of the Year

---9-time Mountain Bank cross country coach of the year (1989, 1990, 1991, 2013 boys; 2013 girls; 2014 boys; 2014 girls; 2015, 2016

*other awards

---2010 NCHSAA Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award

---2008 NCHSAA State and regional meets director award

---2002 NCHSAA Dick Knox Award (when he retired 2002)

---2001 NCHSAA Wall of Champions

---1998 NCHSAA Unsung Hero award

---1994 NCHSAA State Outdoor Track Team Academic Average Award

---7-time team NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award, track , 1992-2009

--Nearly 40 years as a teacher and coach at Apex High School

--20 years as NSAF staff at the Outdoor Nationals (Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Nike)

--37 years as meet director of Apex Relays

--30 separate times as state outdoor track & field meet director or as a regional cross country or outdoor track & field meet director

--Conference meet director for cross country and track more times than he can keep track of (like most other long-term coaches).

--17 years as Southeast Regional Team Manager for the Nike Cross Nationals since their inception in 2004

--62 top-10 (and 106 top-20) state finishes between both gender teams for cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field

--Since he has been coaching, Apex has had either a team or an individual qualified at the state meet in cross country, indoor track & field (the 1987 meet was the first NCHSAA meet), and outdoor track & field since the outdoor state track & field meet in 1986 (103 consecutive seasons).

--51 conference championships (in cross country and track)

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2022:  Eight are to be inducted January 29th into the North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame at JDL Fast Track during the Mondo Elite High School Invitational.

Inductees include:


Tony Waldrop   Anna Cockrell

Kamorean Hayes   Trentavis Friday

Gabby Mayo   Darius Brewington


DePaul Mittman   Norman Trzaskoma

*17 state titles (12 outdoors, 5 indoors), one of the most state titles by a male athlete in North Carolina history (would likely have won more, but he was injured the day before the state meet his junior year).

*4-time State Meet MVP (3 outdoor, 1990, 1991, 1993; 1 indoor, 1992)

*4 state meet records (2 in outdoor, 4x100 and 4x200) and 2 indoors (60-yards, 300-yards)

---During outdoor track, he won 12 3A state titles, with 3 in the 100 meters (1990, 1991, 1993 -- in 10.59, 10.57 and 10.54); 3 in the 200 meters (1990, 1991 and 1993 -- in 21.51, 21.23 and 21.24); 2 in the 4x100 relay (1990, 1991); 3 in the 4x200 relay (1990, 1991, 1993) and 1 in the 4x400 relay (1993), while winning the N.C. 3A state meet MVP 3 times (1990, 1991, 1993) and setting 2 state meet records (4x200, 1:25.35 in 1991; 4x100, 42.16, 1990).

---During indoor track, he won 5 all-classification NCHSAA state titles, with 1 in the 60-yard dash (1992), 1 in the 300-yard dash (1992) and 3 in the 4x400 relay (1990, 1991, 1992), while earning the all-classification state meet MVP in 1992 after setting 2 state meet records (6.34 in the 60-yard dash; 31.7 in the 300-yard dash). He also helped set a state meet record indoors in 1991, in the 4x400 relay (3:29.6).

*Helped High Point Andrews to 4 state team titles – 3A outdoor track in 1990, 1991 and 1993, and all-classification indoor track in 1992.

*National High School Coaches Association National Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014)

*Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014)

*High School Track Yearbook Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014 - only two other N.C. boys have ever won the award).

*National High School 100-meter record holder and USA Junior (19-under) Championships record holder (10.00). Both records still stand.

*Track & Field News All-American, 100 meters (2014) and 200 meters (2014)

*Set 1 all-class NCHSAA state meet record (100 meters, 10.39)

*Set 7 NCHSAA 1A state meet records in the 100, 200 and 400, all of which still stand today.

* North Carolina Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014).

*Won 8 NCHSAA Championship outdoor track titles total; 2012 (400 meters); 2013 (100, 200, 400); 2014 (100, 200, 400, 4x400-meter relay)

*Won 3 individual NCHSAA championships two straight years: 2013 and 2014 (100, 200, 400).

*His PRs of 10.00 (100 meters) and 20.03 (200 meters) are still the all-time best performances in North Carolina history (and his 46.97 in the 400 meters is tied for 10th best all-time).

*His times of 10.17 (100 meters) and 20.33 (200 meters) were the best times in the nation during the high school regular season.

*Ran 10.00 in the 100 meters at U.S. Junior (19-under) Championships in 2014 to set the national high school record.

*NCHSAA 1A State meet MVP, 2013 and 2014.

*6-time Track & Field News All-American in 3 events (200 meters, 2016; 100-meter hurdles, 2014, 2015, 2016; 300-meter hurdles, 2015, 2016)

*2-time World Junior (19-under) Champion (400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay, as a high school senior, 2016)

*Pam Am Champion, 400-meter hurdles (as a high school junior, 2015)

*All-time World Junior (19-under) Top-10 ranking (No. 10, 400-meter hurdles, 55.20)

*All-time U.S. Junior (19-under) Top-10 ranking (No. 5, 400-meter hurdles, 55.20)

*All-time top-10 national high school ranking in 2 events (No. 3 in 400-meter hurdles; No. 10 in indoor 200 meters)

*No. 1 ranked all-time in North Carolina history in 3 events (100-meter hurdles, 13.17; 300-meter hurdles, 40.42; 400-meter hurdles, 55.20).

*16-time NCISAA state champion (100 meters, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; 200 meters, 2016; 100-meter hurdles, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; 300-meter hurdles, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; 4x100-meter relay, 2013; 4x400-meter relay, 2014, 2015)

*U.S. Junior (19-under) Champion in the shot put (2006) as a high school senior

*5-time Track & Field News All-American (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 in shot put; and 2005 in discus)

*North Carolina Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2005)

*Led nation in indoor shot put, 2005, 2006, 2007, and outdoor shot put, 2006, 2007

*6-time high school national champion in shot put (3 outdoors, 3 indoors in 2005, 2006 & 2007)

*8-time NCHSAA outdoor track state champion (4 in the shot put, 4 in the discus, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

*2-time NCHSAA indoor track state champion (2 in the shot put, 2004, 2007)

*Still holds all-time North Carolina records in the indoor (52-6.5) and outdoor (52-2) shot put

*Still holds NCHSAA state meet records in the indoor (48-11.75) and outdoor (51-3.5) shot put

*Graduated ranked No. 1 all-time in the shot put (still No. 1) and No. 1 in the discus (162-10, still No. 3 all-time).

*2006 Track & Field News Athlete of the year (only one other N.C. girl has ever won the award)

*2006 USATF Youth Track & Field Athlete of the Year

*3-time Track & Field News All-American in 2006 (100 meters, 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles)

*Led nation in the 100 and 200 meters, 2006

*U.S. Junior (19-under) 200-meter champion (22.88 seconds, 2006)

*2-time North Carolina Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2006 and 2007)

*4-time NCHSAA state meet MVP (3 outdoor, 4A, 2005, 2006, 2007; 1 indoor, 2006)

*NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year, 2007 (for all sports)

*13-time NCHSAA 4A state champion (all 13 were individual titles)

---Won 9 state outdoor track titles (100 meters in 2006, 2007; 200 meters in 2006, 2007; 100 hurdles in 2005, 2006, 200); and the 300 hurdles in 2005, 2006). She won all four at the 2006 4A girls' outdoor meet and won 3 state titles in 2007 (100, 200, 100 hurdles) and 2 titles in 2005 (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

---Won 4 NCHSAA state indoor titles (55 meters, 55-meter hurdles, 300 meters all in 2006, setting state meet records in each event. She also won the 55 meters in 2007).

*Set the world indoor mile record of 3:55.0 in 1974

*Six-time All-American at the University of North Carolina

*2-time NCAA champion (NCAA indoor 1,000-yard title, 1973; NCAA indoor mile title in 1974)

*Won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1975 Pan Am Games while in college

*Won the mile at the prestigious Penn Relays in 1974.

*In high school, he won 3 NCHSAA state outdoor titles in the 880 yards (1969), and mile (1968 and 1970). *Before high school national meets were prevalent, his times of 1:53 and 4:18 were incredible considering he ran those at the 1A/2A state meet an on inferior surfaces.

*History teacher and coach for 23 years at Western Guilford High School.

*Served as the NCHSAA state meet director (1999-2009); currently the state meet coordinator.

*Co-founded the North Carolina Track & Cross-Country Coaches Association in 2001, serving as clinic director from its inception, until 2015

*Volunteer coordinator for national meets, including the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, USATF National Junior Olympic Championships, and 2019 AAU National Championship

*16 conference track Coach of the Year honors

*15 conference team track titles

*11 teams finished in Top 5 at the NCHSAA state meet

*NCHSAA 3A State Champion: 1999

*NCHSAA 3A State Association 3A State Runner-up 2000

*NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A indoor track runner up, 2008

*8 NCHSAA regional track titles

*2 Midwest 2A regional titles, 2004, 2005

*2 All-American track athletes

*64 all-state track athletes

*16 individual state track champions

*Won 7 NCHSAA state titles over a large span of time (in cross country and track)

*Led teams to 5 consecutive NCHSAA cross country state titles (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978), then back-to-back NCHSAA track and field titles in 2005 (outdoor) and 2006 (indoor)

*His longevity and varied greatness is difficult on any level for any sport

*NCHSAA Coach of the Year, 2009

*Coached in Forsyth County for nearly 40 years, with 35 years at R.J Reynolds.

*The Forsyth County Championships were renamed the Norman Trzaskoma Invitational in honor of him and his long success in Forsyth County and in North Carolina

*Inducted into Evangel University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, and was the school's first four-year letter winner in cross country and track and field.

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3rd NC HS Track & Field and XC Hall of Fame
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Polk native Waldrop elected to state T&F/Cross Country Hall of Fame (12/10) -

Tony Waldrop Named To NC High School Track Hall Of Fame -

Waldrop Profile -

Looking at a Legend: Tony Waldrop -

1995 Waldrop Interview - Winston-Salem Journal

Waldrop Interview -

Waldrop on his Training -

Anna Cockrell Named to NC HS Track Hall of Fame -

Anna Cockrell's Profile -

Cockrell Named NCAA Woman Of The Year Finalist -

Gabby Mayo's Profile | More - Texas A&M Track website

Kamorean Hayes' Profile - MileSplit

2006 Story on Hayes -

2007 Interview: Kamorean Hayes - MileSplit

Trentavis Friday's Profile -

(No inductees during 2021 due to pandemic)

2020:  Fourteen were inducted February 1st into the North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame at JDL Fast Track during the Mondo Elite Invitational.

Inductees include:


Greg Artis   Dr. DeAnne Davis Brooks

Wayne Davis II   Karen Godlock

Julie Stackhouse

Legacy Athletes:

Jim Beatty   Joan Nesbit Mabe


Dr. Harvey P. Barret   Dennis Cullen

Donnie Davis   Richard Prince


Irwin Belk   Frank Davis

Jim Spier

Greg Artis, Wilson-Fike:
Artis was the 1977 Track & Field News National High School Athlete of the Year. Nearly 42 years later, he still holds the 4A state meet triple jump record of 51-feet, 5.5 inches. He is a three-time state champion, winning the triple twice, in 1976 (48-6) and 1977 (51-5.5) and setting a record each time, and the long jump in 1977, when he set a record of 24-8 that stood for 20 years (only two performances since have bettered that mark at the 4A state meet).

In college at Middle Tennessee State, he earned seven NCAA All-American honors, including two in one day when he won the long jump and triple jump after completing trials in the morning session for both events. He was also the Ohio Valley Conference indoor and outdoor track male athlete of the year, and the overall OVC athlete of the year. He was a 2001 inductee in Middle Tennessee State's Blue Raider Hall of Fame.

Interview: Greg Artis -

DeAnne Davis, Burlington Cummings:
Davis won 21 NCHSAA state track titles (14 in outdoor track and seven during indoor track), was a 6-time state meet MVP (four outdoors and two indoors), and helped her teams win four teams titles (three in outdoor track and one during indoor track).

During outdoor track, she won four state titles in the 100-meter hurdles (1993, ‘94, '95, '96, setting a 3A record in 1993 and a 2A state meet record in 1995); four in the 300-meter hurdles (1993, ‘94, '95, '96, setting a 2A state meet record in 1995); four in the triple jump (1993, ‘94, '95, '96, setting a state meet record the last three years), and two in the long jump (1995, '96, setting a 2A state meet record each year). She also was the 3A outdoor state meet MVP in 1993 and the 2A outdoor state meet MVP in ‘94, '95 and '96, while helping her team to the state title in '94, '95 and ‘96.

During indoor track, she won four 60-yard/55-meter hurdle titles (1993, '94, '95, '96); two titles in the triple jump (1994, '96) and one in the long jump (1996), while also helping Cummings to the 1996 all-class team title and earning meet MVP in 1994 and ‘96. She graduated ranked No. 1 all-time in North Carolina in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, triple jump, and No. 4 in the long jump. She is still No. 2 all-time in the triple jump. She was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" female athletes.

In college at the University of North Carolina (1997-2000), she was a three-time All-American in the triple jump (two indoors, one outdoors), and a three-time ACC champion in the triple jump, 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. In 2000, she won the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award.

Interview: DeAnne Davis -

Wayne Davis II, Southeast Raleigh:
Davis set a World Junior record, World Youth and U.S. high school record in the 110-meter high hurdles and won the prestigious World Juniors, Pan Am Juniors and World Youth Championships.

He also set three national high school records (55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, and 110-meter hurdles; the 110-meter hurdle record still stands), and is a two-time national high school indoor champion (60-meter hurdles, 2008 and 2009), a two-time national high school outdoor champion (110-meter hurdles, 2007, 2009); and a three-time state champion (two in the 55-meter hurdles in 2008 and 2009, and one in the 110-meter hurdles in 2009). Davis won the 2009 U.S. Junior title (ages 19-under) in the 110-meter hurdles (13.16), and was also a member of the 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Olympic team.

In college at Texas A&M, Davis was an eight-time All-American (outdoors in the 110-meter high hurdles, and indoors in the 60-meter high hurdles, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), and an NCAA Champion (2013, 110-meter high hurdles), and two-time NCAA runner-up (2013, 60-meter high hurdles; 2012, 110-meter high hurdles); he also was a two-time SEC Champion in the 110-meter high hurdles (2013, 2014) and one-time Big 12 Champion in the 110-meter high hurdles (2012), and was SEC runner-up in the 60-meter high hurdles (2013) and Big 12 runner-up in the 60-meter high hurdles (2011).

Karen Godlock, Polk County:
A 21-time state champion and the 1993 North Carolina Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year; She is the first North Carolina girl to win the prestigious Foot Locker Cross Country South Region title (1992) and the first North Carolina girl to qualify for nationals twice, 1991 and ‘92 (only four North Carolina girls have qualified for nationals two times).

One of the most decorated track and cross country athletes in North Carolina history, winning 21 NCHSAA state titles (three in cross country; 18 in track). She won the NCHSAA 1A/2A individual cross country title in 1990, 1991, 1992; In track and field, she won 13 outdoor state titles and five indoor titles. She won the distance triple three times at the state outdoor meet (winning the 800, 1600 and 3200 in 1991, 1992 and 1993, while also running on the winning 4x800-meter relay each year, and in 1990, as well), while leading her team to the 1991 1A title.

During indoor track she won five state titles, while also winning the meet MVP in 1992 when it was an all-classification state meet (her five titles were in the mile in 1992 and 1993; two-mile in 1992 and 1993, and 1,000-yard run in 1991). She was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" female athletes.

In college at the University of North Carolina, Godlock was a two-time All-American (indoor track), the Tar Heels' first ACC cross country champion, winning three straight titles (1994-96), and she also won the ACC 1,500 meters during outdoor track.

Interview: Karen Godlock -

Julie Stackhouse, Hayesville:
One of the most dominant and diverse athletes in state meet history, she won a still-standing state meet record 15 individual state outdoor track titles (1A) in 7 different events over 4 years (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1600 meters, and high jump, setting 1A state meet records in every event), and she also won the 1995 1A cross country state meet. She was the 1A state track meet MVP all 4 years, as well, and helped her team to titles in 1994 and 1996.

She won four state titles in the 100-meter hurdles (1994, 95, 96, 97, setting state meet records in '95 and '97); 2 state titles in the 300-meter hurdles (1994, '95, setting a state meet record in '95 that stood for 6 years); 3 state titles in the high jump (1995, '96, '97, setting a 1A record in 1995); 2 state titles in the 200 meters (1994, '95, setting a 1A record in 1995), one state title in the 400 meters (1997, setting a 1A record); two state titles in the 800 (1996, '97, setting a 1A record in ‘96) and 1 state title in the 1600 meters (1996, setting a 1A record). The only year she didn't win 4 titles was her freshman year in 1994, when she won three state titles. She was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" female athletes.

In college, she earned All-ACC honors twice at Clemson before transferring to Furman, where she won Southern Conference titles in the 800 meters (2000 and 2002), set school records in the heptathlon, 800 meters, and 4x800-meter relay, and also helped Furman win the 2000 Southern Conference title in cross country. She was a five-time All-Southern Conference performer and a three-time academic honor roll member.

Interview: Julie Stackhouse -

Jim Beatty, Charlotte Central:
The 1962 US Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News and the AAU after becoming the first person in world history to run under 4 minutes indoors in the mile (1962); a 1960 Olympian, he held 11 American (from the 1500 to the 5,000) and three world records.

In college at the University of North Carolina, Beatty was a three-time All-American (1955 and 1957 in the two-mile, and 1956 in the 5,000 meters), and an 11-time ACC champion, winning the ACC Indoor Mile and 2-Mile double three consecutive years, the ACC Outdoor Mile twice, and the ACC Cross Country Championship three times.

In high school at Charlotte Central, he won the NCHSAA all-classification state title in the mile in 1952 and 1953 and helped Central to the 1952 team title. Beatty was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, and the USA National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1990. He was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" male athletes.

2022 T&FN article/photos   Interview: Jim Beatty -

1992 Charlotte Observer article

Joan Nesbit Mabe, East Mecklenburg:
A 1996 Olympian, 1995 World Championship bronze medalist (indoor 3000 meters), four-time World Cross Country qualifier (placing as high as sixth in 1995), two-time U.S. champion (1995 in cross country and 1995 in the indoor 3,000 meters), and three-time All-American in college at the University of North Carolina (the first UNC Tar Heel woman to earn All-American in cross country, indoor and outdoor track).

At one point she held University of North Carolina school records in the 1,500, 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000. Nesbit won the 1984 ACC 10,000 meters and 3,000 meters.

In high school at East Mecklenburg, Nesbit won the 1980 NCHSAA All-Classification 1600 meters in 5:05.7, and was one of the first girls to run cross country in North Carolina, running on the boys' cross country team before there was a state meet offered for girls.

Dr. Harvey P. Barret, Charlotte Central:
Coached one of the first track dynasties in North Carolina, leading Charlotte Central High to seven state titles in eight years from 1923-1930 (winning in 1923, '24, '25, '26, '27, '29 and '30), and coaching 30 individual state champions during that eight-year span.

A 1940 Charlotte News article (by sports writer Burke Davis) after Dr. Barret passed away, said he was "...a quiet and unassuming man who was famous all over America for his work as a pathologist. In his field he was known as one of the best--but the people who will miss him most and hold his memory longer are those young men who were kids at Charlotte's Central High in the Twenties; the boys who made Charlotte track teams the finest in the South, because he was there with them. This man was a coach of another day, and he was known as the father and dean of Dixie's scholastic track because he built winning teams of almost any boys who came to him. His teams were teams, not collections of point-making stars; and the Barrett legend among Charlotte athletes says there was never a man who knew better the psychology of handling boys, and leading them patiently to fine performances and championships."

"There was no money in those days to buy good equipment for teams as there is today, and Dr. Barrett, with the help of a few friends, equipped the team himself, took his boys off on trips at his own expense. His method of training were the finest yet evolved, and a long friendship with Coach Bob Fetzer at Chapel Hill led to the use of many of his methods at North Carolina. As his kids grew up, wanting to see them have every chance they could, he continued to send many of them to college, enlisted friends to help. Many a Charlotte boy owes his education to The Doctor."

Besides the seven state championships, Central also finished third, second and first at the Southern Championships in Maryland, and was unbeaten in dual meets during his tenure.

Interviews: Dr Barret's grandson | Dr Barret's granddaughers - NCrunners

Dennis Cullen, Durham Academy:
Coached one of state's most dominant cross country and track and field programs spanning five decades, winning 38 state titles from 1976 to 2009 (17 boys cross country titles; 6 girls' cross country titles; 9 boys' track titles and 6 girls' track titles), and 65 conference titles (17 in boys' cross country; 6 in girls' cross country; 24 in boys' track and field and 18 in girls' track and field). In one unprecedented stretch, his boys' cross country teams won 13 straight state titles (1983-1995).

As head cross country and track coach at Durham Academy, he had 10 boys and 7 girls win individual state cross country titles, and 82 boys' and 104 girls' win state titles in track and field.

The Durham City-County Cross Country Championship also named an award after him, the "Dennis M. Cullen Trophy," given each year to the best combined boys' and girls' program at the Durham City-County Championships.

Cullen has also been a key organizer for Durham County Special Olympics for more than 20 years, and was given Durham Academy's prestigious F. Robertson Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award.

He is the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Durham Academy Hall of Fame.

Interview: Dennis Cullen -

Donnie Davis, Burlington Cummings:
Davis has coached nearly 150 individual state champions in his time at Cummings, beginning as a volunteer assistant coach. He was named head coach of the track and field program in 2003.

In his 29 years at Cummings, where he is currently the head track coach, he has been a part of 28 team state championships. After being named head coach in 2003, his teams won 18 state titles: 1A/2A/3A Girls' Indoor (5): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; 1A/2A Girls' Indoor (3): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019; 1A/2A/3A Boys' Indoor (1): 2013; 2A Girls' Outdoor (7): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019.

Davis has been named state coach of the year 16 times, and conference coach of the year nine times. He has been inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame (2017) and the Cummings Hall of Fame (2011).

Interview: Donnie Davis -

Richard Prince, official/coach/meet director:
Longtime Myers Park track and cross country coach (who followed Hall of Fame coach Stuart Allen) coached 17 individual state champions in cross country and track and won 2 state track and field team titles (1972, 1980), and has more than 50 years of high school and college coaching experience in Florida and North Carolina. Event more than that, he has given back as an official and meet director, and is one of the most experienced officials in North Carolina.

As an official, he has officiated 15 high school track nationals, and numerous indoor and outdoor state track meets, college meets, regional track meets, cross country invitationals and regionals, as well as the Bislett Games (Oslo, Norway), World University Games, U.S. Olympic Trials, Olympic Festival, USATF indoor and outdoor nationals, U.S. Juniors, international track meets at Duke (1974 and 1982), and various college meets, including NCAA nationals, NAIA nationals, National Junior College nationals, ACC Championships, Big South, and several other conferences.

As a meet director: Along with Hall of Fame coach Larry McAfee, Prince helped the state meet grow as co-meet director (1980-2002), co-found and was co-meet director of the Wendy's Invitational (1974-2006, North Carolina's first, long-running, major invitational) and was the Queen City Relays meet director (1972-2000, the state's oldest relay meet). Also, along with McAfee, Prince introduced all-state recognition in cross country (both McAfee and Prince paid for the certificates each year for each classification, not asking the state to pay them back).

He was also the Foot Locker/Kinney National Cross Country Championships assistant meet director (1982-2003, as well as working with the Foot Locker South meet), and NCHSAA state track and field meet co-director (1988-1999), NCHSAA Regional Track & Field Meet Director (1978-2002), and NCHSAA Sectional Meet Director (1972-78, 1988).

He served on the state high school advisory committees for track and field (1985-1990); was a National Federation Track and Field Rules Committee member (1985), and the North Carolina representative to the committee for Olympic development (1982-1985).

Irwin Belk, track philanthropist and builder:
Belk was the largest individual philanthropists in track and field in North Carolina (and one of the largest in the U.S.), donating funds to construct 29 collegiate track and field facilities in North and South Carolina. Numerous high school athletes in North Carolina have benefitted from his kindness and generosity, as nearly all of the NCHSAA state championships over the past 25-30 years have been run on tracks funded by him.

He was a volunteer member of the U.S. Olympic Committee for 45 years. In 2002 at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City he received the Olympic Order which is the highest honor a volunteer can receive.

Some of the 29 tracks that were built by Irwin Belk: Appalachian State, Campbell University, Davidson College, Elon, Furman, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne, Livingstone, University of North Carolina, N.C. A&T, UNC Charlotte, UNC Pembroke, Queens University, Wingate University and Winthrop University, and at least 13 more.

Interview: Irwin Belk on his grandfather's induction -

Interview: Architect Bill Nichols on Irwin Belk -

Frank Davis, official/coach/meet director:
Davis has provided numerous opportunities for high school athletes for 45 years, through coaching in high school (since 1993), leading the Durham Striders Track Club (since 1980, after serving as assistant director for 5 years), established and serving as meet director for the Eastern High School Challenge Indoor Meet (at the University of North Carolina), directing one of the largest summer track meets on the East Coast (Russell Blunt/East Coast Inv.), serving as meet director for the North Carolina State Games (20 times since 1993), serving in numerous officer roles with USATF and AAU, and helping kids with their academics through a program that emphasized "personal, emotional and mental development as well as physical fitness."

Also, he has officiated more than 300 track meets at all levels, including NCAA National Championships, National Sports Festival and numerous international meets. USATF (TAC) Master certified since 1982.

Interview: Frank Davis -

Jim Spier, National Scholastic Athletic Foundation:
Along with the late Mike Byrnes in 1990, Spier helped form the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, which owns the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals, and Great American Cross Country Festival (the latter two events are in North Carolina).

He has been involved with track and field for about 60 years in a variety of roles, but his main contribution is helping give high school track the indoor and outdoor nationals, and bringing the outdoor nationals (as well as the Great American Cross Country Festival) to North Carolina. Those two events alone have helped promote both sports in this state immensely, and, because of the location of the events have given countless North Carolina high school athletes and coaches exposure and easy access to national events that otherwise wouldn't be available to them because of travel burdens.

More on the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation.

Interview: John Blackburn on Jim Spier -

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"North Carolina has had state championships in track and field since 1913, and has had indoor meets since 1922 when the first meet was held at the old Star Brick Warehouse in Durham, and we've had cross country meets since 1929 when Winston-Salem High dominated the sport, so we're far behind on recognizing those who have accomplished so much and given so much to the sport."

"That's our goal, though; we want to honor those who have helped make this sport so great in North Carolina, and the last two classes of inductees are a collection of some of the best athletes, coaches and contributors in the history of our sport."

-- North Carolina High School Track & Field/Cross Country Hall of Fame
founder Brett Honeycutt

Four Tar Heels Elected to Hall of Fame (12/23) -

14 Inductees Headline The 2nd NC Hall of Fame Class (12/23) - NCrunners

Godlock selected for state Hall of Fame (12/27) -

Godlock elected to Hall of Fame (12/26) -

Stackhouse headed to Hall of Fame (1/2) -

Stackhouse to enter NC HOF (12/26) -

Greg Artis Elected to Hall of Fame (1/2) -

Another Fike star Artis to enter another HOF (2/1) -

Burlington's Davis family adds to honors (2/1) -

Jim Spier to be inducted (12/26) -

2019: Ten were inducted into the inaugural class of the North Carolina
High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame
1/26/19 at JDL Fast Track

Inductees include:

Kathy McMillan   Julie Shea

Mary Shea   Greg Yeldell

Coach Russell Blunt   Coach Stuart Allen

Coach Larry McAfee   Coach Robert Steele

Media Reps:   Gene Cherry   George Phillips

Interviews with Inductees - NCrunners

JDL to House New NC HS Track/XC Hall of Fame (1/9) - NCrunners

Greg Yeldell, Robert Steele to be inducted (1/3) -

Kathy McMillan: Hall of Fame Inductee (1/2) -

McMillan Elected in 1st Class of Hall of Fame -

1997 Story on Coach Russell Blunt - USAToday

Tim Stevens on Coach Blunt - Stevens' NCHSAA book

2000 Article on Coach Stuart Allen -

Former Myers Park Coach to be honored (1/7) -

Coach Allen in HOF - (scroll down!)

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