|James Alcorn Rector
Rector was born in Hot Springs, attended the University of Virginia, and was the first Arkansas athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.During the 1908 London Olympics, he won a silver medal in the 100 meter dash in 10.9 after tying the Olympic record of 10.8 in the semi-finals.Rector never lost a race on American soil.During his career, he tied the world record in both the 100 yard dash in 9.6 and the indoor 50 yard dash in 5.4 seconds.He was a prominent St. Louis lawyer for more than thirty years before retiring in Hot Springs.
Masterson was a three-time indoor and outdoor All-American for Ouachita Baptist University and was named MVP in the 1975 NAIA championships.He had a career best in the 800 meters of 1:45.76 and was a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials.After college, he was a member of the Santa Monica Track Club that set a world record in the 4 x 800 meter relay.He held the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference record for both the 800 and 1500 meter runs and was inducted into the NAIA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1984.
Crawford was the first Arkansan to break the four-minute mile when he ran 3:59.6 in 1970 and had a career best of 3:56.9.He advanced to the 1500 meter finals in both the 1968 and 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials.Crawford had the best indoor mile time in the world in 1972 with a 3:58.0.In 1993, in the United States-Great Britain Masters championships, he placed in the top three in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs.
McCollum was head track & field coach at Russellville High School from 1967-73 and led his teams to consecutive state track & field championships in 1970 and 1971 and three conference championships in 1969, 1970, and 1973.His cross country teams were state runners-up for three consecutive years from 1968-70.In 1967,McCollum coached Russellville Junior High to a state track & field championship.In 1970, he was selected as Arkansas High School Coaches Association Track Coach of the Year.McCollum served on the Arkansas Activities Association Track & Field Advisory Committee for 25 years and was chairman for 13 years.
Oakley was an U.S. Olympic team alternate in 1960 after placing fourthin the 3000 meter steeplechase in the U.S. Olympic Trials.In 1960, he ran 8:52.3 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, the fourth fastest ever by an American.Oakley won the steeplechase at the Kansas Relays in 1960 and 1962 and the Pacific AAU steeplechase three times.At the University of Arkansas, he was a member of three consecutive Southwest Conference cross country championship teams from 1956-58 and won the two-mile run in the 1958 SWC Track & Field Championships.
Grant was named track & field coach at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1969 and went on to win a Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship, one Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference mens championship and two AIC womens titles.His teams produced six NAIA district championships and his 1989 womens team was NAIA outdoor runners-up.He began his coaching career at Crossett Daniel High School where he led teams to five district championships and a state ASAA championship in 1957.Later, he coached Pine Bluff Southeast High School to nine conference championships and a state ASAA championship in 1961.