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ARKANSAS TRACK & FIELD HALL OF FAME, 2001 INDUCTEES

Dick Booth
A native of Ottawa, Kansas, Booth was a standout quarter miler at Ottawa University. He began his coaching career at Willington High School in Kansas, moved to Fort Scott and Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Booth gained a reputation as one of the premier prep field event coaches in the country. In 1977, he joined the University of Arkansas as field events coach. Booth has coached 10 Olymians, 42 national champions, and 115 All-Americans. The list of his national champions includes Mike Conley, Erick Walder, Edrick Floreal, Brian Wellman, Jerome Romain, Ray Doakes, Matt Hemingway, Melvin Lester, Kenny Evans, and Lavar Miller. Booth was selected jump coach for the U.S. team for the 2000 Sidney Olympic Games.

John Feltner
Feltner was an outstanding 800 meter runner for Russellville High School and Kansas State University. He set the Arkansas high school overall 800 meter record of 1:52.3 in 1970. His overall mark has been broken but it still stands as the Class AAAAA state record. Feltner won the Arkansas Meet of Champions 800 meter winner in 1968, 1969, and 1970. Feltner was a member of the Kansas State team that won the 1971 Big Eight championship.

Wanda Harris
An Arkadelphia native, Harris was an outstanding athlete for Arkadelphia High School and the University of Arkansas. She was one of the pioneers of women's track & field as a sprinter, hurdler, long jumper, and high jumper. She has been honored as the Siftings Herald 1977 Female of the Year, featured in Sports Illustrated, 1977 Arkansas High School Outstanding Track & Field Athlete, High School All-American with honors, Who's Who Among High School Athletes, Who's Who Among College Athletes, College All-American, three-time medalist in National Junior Olympics. She previously set the high school overall long jump record at 19-8 3/4.

Henry Hawk
Hawk was an outstanding athlete in several sports at Conway High School and Arkansas State Teachers College during the decade of the fifties. In track & field, his versatility allowed him to perform in the sprints, relays, and field events. At North Little Rock Ole Main, he coached and developed several outstanding athletes and teams. Hawk returned to athletic competition at age 40 and went on to compete in 10 Boston Marathons with a career best of 2:42:27. In masters track & Field, he is a 9-time USATF age group national champion and 4-time Senior Olympic national champion in events from 800 meters through 5,000 meters. In 1998, he broke the age 60-64 world indoor mile run record in 5:13.38.

Doyne Hunnicutt
A native of Gravely, Arkansas, Hunnicutt won the broad jump with a leap of 23 ft. 8.25 in. in the 1931 National High School Meet in Chicago. He went undefeated in the high school broad jump. Hunnicutt attended Georgia Tech and the University of Arkansas but did not compete due to injuries. He competed for Hendrix College in 1936-38 with a career best of 25 ft. 8.5 in.

John R. Thompson
A 1924 graduate of Hendrix College. Thompson finished seventh in the decathlon in the 1924 U.S. Olympic Trials. In high school, he was high point man in the state track & field meet all four years. Coached Fort Smith High School for several years and led the Grizzlies to the 1946 state championship that ended Little Rock Central's record 97 meet win streak. Thompson was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.

Winfield "Skinny" Whipple
Whipple set the overall Arkansas high school long jump record of 24-0 feet in 1933 and it remained the overall record for 51 years until it was broken in 1983. As a 13-year old, he jumped 20 ft. 9 inch. and at age 14, he jumped 22 ft. Whipple competed for Arkadelphia High School and during his 11th grade year at the district meet, he won the 100 and 220 yard dashes, broad jump, two winning relay teams, and was high point man. Whipple set a meet record of 24 ft. 6 5/8 inch. in the 1934 Track & Field Union at Louisiana State University.

 

 

 

 

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