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ARKANSAS TRACK & FIELD HALL OF FAME, 2002 INDUCTEES

RALPH BRODIE
Outstanding performer at Pulaski Heights Junior High in Little Rock. At Little Rock Central High School, he was a member of state championship track & field teams in 1956, 1957, and 1958. Brodie was high point man in the 1958 Arkansas Meet of Champions while running on state record-setting 440 yard, 880 yard, and mile relay teams. He was the first Arkansas high school athlete to run under 15.0 in the 120 yard high hurdles. Brodie set state records in the 120 yard high hurdles at 14.8 and the 180 yard low hurdles at 19.6. At the University of Arkansas from 1959-63, he ran 14.1 over the 120 yard high hurdles in the 1963 Southwest Conference Championships and was named Track & Field News 25 top hurdlers in 1961 and 1963.

JIM BROWN
At Hot Springs High School, Brown won the 880 yard run in the 1947 state meet. At the University of Arkansas, he set school records in the 2 mile run, 2 mile relay, 4 mile relay, and distance medley relay. Brown won the Southwest Conference cross country championship and set the SWC record in the 2 mile run at 9:24. He competed in the 1952 Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meter run and 3000 meter steeplechase. In 1963, he won the 2 mile run in the All-Service Meet and won the mile and 2 mile runs at the South Atlantic AAU meet.

MIKE HOFFMAN
Hoffman was an outstanding performer at Pulaski Heights Junior High in Little Rock. At Little Rock Central, he set school records in the 100 and 220 yard dashes and the 440, 880 and mile relay teams. Hoffman won every 100 yard dash except two over three years with a best time of 9.7, run twice on the same day. He was high point man all three years at the Tiger Relays, Warrior Relays, State Meet and Meet of Champions. At Baylor University, he set a personal best of 9.5 in the 100 yard dash and in 1967 was voted Outstanding Baylor Track Athlete.

VERNON HUTCHINS
Graduate of England High School and Henderson State University. Hutchins served many years as head football and track coach at Stamps High School where his track teams were the 1964 State Class B runner-up and Class B State Champions in 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968. At Camden High School, he coached the Class AAA State Champions in 1973 and 1974. AHSCA Outstanding Track Coach in 1966, 1968, 1973, and 1974. District V Track Coach of the Year in 1976. In 1992, he coached Foulke to the Class A State Runner-up.

FRANK O'MARA
At the University of Arkansas, O'Mara was a three-time All-American and became only the third Razorback to win a national championship when he won the 1983 NCAA title in the 1500 meter run. He was the World Indoor Champion at 3000 meters in 1989 and 1991. O'Mara was a three-time Olympian for Ireland in 1984 at Los Angeles, 1988 at Seoul, and 1992 at Barcelona. Member of Ireland's World Record 4 mile relay team. Personal bests for 800 meters in 1:46.08, mile run in 3:51.06, 3000 meters in 7:39.99, 5000 meters in 13:13.02, and 10,000 meters at 27:58.99.

RAYMOND "RIP" POWELL
Graduate of Bauxite High School and Southern State College, now Southern Arkansas University. Coached state championship teams at Texarkana Junior High and in 1959 at Arkansas High School in Texarkana. Later, he coached Stamps High School to three District Championships. In 1963, he was named track coach at Southern Arkansas and over his first three seasons in the AIC, achieved a third place finish and two second place finishes. Powell won the AIC Championship in 1967 and 1968. He coached 25 All-AIC track athletes, 5 AIC recordholders, and 13 NAIA All-Americans. The Rip Powell Relays is an annual event at Southern Arkansas. In 1999, he received the Southern Arkansas University Distinguished Alumni Award.

GLENN RICE
Rice was an outstanding athlete in all sports at Dumas High School and College of the Ozarks. Rice set state collegiate records in the broad jump and javelin. In 1928, he set an NCAA record in the javelin at a national meet in Chicago. He set the broad jump record of 24' 1 5/8" in 1929 and it stood for 47 years until 1976. Competed in the 1928 Olympic Trials at Harvard University and the 1932 Southern Olympic Trials in Memphis where he won the javelin and broad jump. Lack of money kept him from competiting in the Olympic Games. Inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1969 and the University of Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

RANDY TAYLOR
Taylor competed for Little Rock Central High School, University of Arkansas, and after college, has continued to compete in road races and masters track & field meets. At Little Rock Central, Taylor was the 1964 state cross country champion, 1965 state mile champion and Meet of Champions winner and broke the overall state mile record 3 times with a high school best of 4:21.0. In 1966, Taylor was a member of the Razorbacks Southwest Conference championship cross country team and posted a Top-7 All-SWC finish. He was the bronze medalist in the University 1000 yard run at the 1969 UST&F Federation National Indoor Championships. Taylor finished 6 Boston Marathons with an Arkansan all-time best of 2:25:41 in 1981 and a 97th place finish in 1982. In 1986, he was the USATF-Arkansas Grand Prix overall state road racing champion. Taylor broke 2 single-age American Records, the 10,000 meters in 31:18.3 for age 37 at the 1985 Penn Relays and 3,000 meters in 8:48.0 for age 39 at the 1987 Razorback Invitational. Taylor won the 1994 Masters Pan-American Games 800 meter and 1500 meter runs in Edmonton, Canada and posted 7th place finishes in both events at the 1997 World Masters Championships in Durban, South Africa. Through 2002, he has won 8 age-group national championships with masters bests of 2:00.2 at 800 meters and 4:00.9 for 1500 meters.

 

 

 

 

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