ARKANSAS TRACK & FIELD HALL OF FAME, 2005 INDUCTEES
Dr. William K. Bell, Sr. - Dr. Bell has broken several age-group World and American records in the Pole Vault over the years. In 2002, he set the American and World indoor records for the M80-84 age division with a jump of 9’ 0¼” at the USA Masters National Indoor Championships in Boston, MA. In 2004, he set the American and World outdoor records for the M80-84 age division with a jump of 8’ 6 ¼” at the USA Masters National Outdoor Championships in Decatur, IL. In 2007, he set the American and World indoor records for the M85-89 age division with a jump of 8” 0” at the USA Masters National Indoor Championships in Boston, MA. Dr. Bell also has personal records set at age 50 of 12.5 in the 100 meter dash and 11’10’ in the pole vault. Bell has won numerous events in the Arkansas Senior Olympics. Dr. Bell and his son, Earl, are the only father-son duo in history to both own single-age group world records at the same time.
Edward L. Morton - University of Arkansas, 1952-57. From Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Canada. In the 9th grade in 1948, Morton was 1st in the Provincial Half Mile. In 1950 and 1951, he was Manitoba’s high school mile champion. In 1951 he was also the Canadian National High School Mile champion, and came in 4th in the half-mile. In 1952, at the University of Arkansas, he set the freshman mile record at 4:28.9. He returned to college in the spring of 1955 and as a sophomore, placed 2nd in the SWC Mile. In 1955, he won the SWC Cross Country 3-mile in 15:00.1 and placed 14th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, becoming the first distance All-American in school history and only the third Razorback All-American in track & field. In 1956, he won the SWC Mile in 4:21.4, that fall placed 2nd in the SWC Cross Country championships in leading his team to the 1956 SWC Cross Country Championship. Morton placed 10th in the 1956 NCAA Cross Country Championship and earning his second All-American designation. In 1957, he placed 3rd in the SWC mile. After college, he won the Glenn Cunningham Mile at the 1958 Kansas Relays, won the Canadian Mile championship, competed for Canada in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales, and ran a career-best mile of 4:07.6. In 1959, he returned to Fayetteville and coached the U of A cross-country team to the 1959 SWC Cross-Country Championship.
Ed Renfrow - Charleston High School and University of Arkansas. In 1960, at Charleston High School, Renfrow set the Class B state record in the 120 yd. high hurdles and won the Meet of Champions in 14.9 which was at that time the second fastest time ever run in Arkansas prep history. In 1964, at the University of Arkansas, he ran 13.9 to become the 2nd fastest high hurdler in school history and placed 7th in the 1964 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In 1965, Renfrow started his coaching career at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville. In 1967, he moved to Neosho, Missouri, where he started the cross-country program. From 1970-1977, he was the U of A head coach for men’s cross-country and track & field. In 1979 he started the U of A women’s track & field and cross country programs. During his tenure at Arkansas, he was able to work on and complete his Doctorate degree. In 1981, Renfrow started a 23 year career at John Brown University which included serving as head coach for cross country and track & field for seven years and teaching in the physical education department. He served as Sports Information Director from 2002-03 before retiring in 2004.
Barry Snyder - Little Rock Central and University of Alabama. Snyder helped lead Little Rock Central to the AAA state track & field championships in 1963, 1964, and 1965. In the 1965 AAA state meet, he was the high point man with 15 ½ points. Snyder set overall records in the 120 yard high hurdles at 13.9 and the 180 yard low hurdles in 18.8 in the 1965 Meet of Champions. During his high school career, he won eight state meet and six Meet of Champions races with ten of those breaking the state record. In the 1965 North Little Rock Wildcat Relays, Snyder set a national record over the 180 low hurdles around a curve in 18.8. In the 1965 Tiger Relays, he tied the national record in the 120 yard high hurdles with a 13.7. Snyder also ran on overall state record-setting 440 and mile relay teams in 1965. In 1965, he won the 120 yard high hurdles at the prestigious Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, CA. He was the first Arkansas high school hurdler to run high hurdles in less than 14.0 and the low hurdles in less than 19.0. He received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Alabama. After being injured most of his freshman track season, Snyder spent the remainder of his career playing baseball as a catcher and right fielder.
Charles Tadlock - Hendrix,Charleston High School, Sheridan High School and meet official. Tadlock participated in track at Hendrix College as a thrower, occasional runner and often student assistant to Coach Bill Montgomery. In football, he was named All-AIC and Honorable Mentioned Little All-American. In 1961, he began a 15 year coaching career at Charleston High School, coaching football, track & field and cross country. His teams won a junior high state cross country championship in 1962 and state high cross country championships in 1965, 1967 and 1968. His teams won four junior high and three senior high district championships. He coached track and cross country five years at Sheridan High School. As track coach, his teams produced state individual champions at both the junior high and senior high levels in every event except the mile run. As a track & field official, he has served continuously as the Referee for the Arkansas Activities Association’s State Cross Country Meet since 1986 and as a State Track Meet Referee continuously since 1992. He has been a Starter for local meets for over a quarter century and has been requested to serve as Referee for numerous invitational and conference track meets over the years. Has served as the presenter for AAA Track and Field / Cross Country rules meetings for the AAA, co-taught the Referee’s School at AAA Track & Field Administrative Clinics and is a certified instructor for the NFHS Coaches Education Program in which he teaches Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid to certified teachers, spirit coaches and those becoming credentialed to be Registered Volunteers in interscholastic sports programs.
Roy “Doc” Walker - Texarkana High School coach for 14 years and a total of 35 years in the Texarkana School District. His athletic career began at the all-black Washington High School in Texarkana, where he played offensive end and defensive back. In 1948, Washington won a state championship in his senior year. At Arkansas AM&N, now University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, he played both football and baseball for three years before entering the Army for two years. He returned to AM&N after service, worked for a year as athletic trainer and assistant baseball coach, and got his degree in 1954. He coached part of one summer in Holly Grove and then returned to Texarkana, where he coached football under Nathan Jones at Washington from 1956 until 1969, when the school was combined with Arkansas High. Walker coached in the Texarkana area for 35 years, 14 years at Booker T. Washington and 21 years at Texarkana High School. He became an assistant football coach under Lynn Nix. He was the head coach of the AHS baseball team during the first five years of that program’s existence, winning the district championship and a state runner-up trophy the first year. He played football, basketball and baseball, he never ran track on the high school or collegiate level. He is best known for developing some of the best track and field talent in the state. Coach Walker won state championships in 1978, 1979 and 1980. His 1981 team finished as the state runner-up. Coach Walker’s goal was to prepare his teams for life after athletics, stressing his famous Three D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Desire. In 1991, Texarkana renamed its Hog Relays the Roy “Doc” Walker Relays. Walker was the first recipient of the “Honors Boulevard” in the Hobo Jungle Park in Texarkana in 2000 when it was named “Doc” Walker Boulevard 2000.
Bige Wray - Harrison High School and University of Arkansas. During his career, Wray broke both the overall state high school record and the Arkansas Collegiate record in the 880 yard run. Wray won the District, AA State Meet, and Meet of Champions 880 yard run all three years from 1962-64. In 1962, he became the first Arkansas high school athlete to break 2:00 in a state meet, running 1:59.7. Wray's best high school performance was winning the 1964 Meet of Champions with an overall state record of 1:54.1. At the University of Arkansas, he won the Freshman Division in the Southwest Conference 880 in 1965 and was the Southwest Conference 880 Champion in 1967. Wray was also Southwest Conference runner-up in the 880 in both 1966, setting the Arkansas Collegiate record of 1:49.3, and in 1968. He was a member of the Razorbacks 1966 Southwest Conference cross country championship team. Wray ran undefeated throughout his high school career and his freshman year at Arkansas. In 1965, competing in the freshman division of the Texas Relays, he was a member of the gold medal winning mile relay team and the second place 2-mile relay team. At the 1965 Drake Relays, he anchored the sprint medley relay team to a gold medal, winning the freshman division. In 1967 Kansas Relays, he anchored the 2-mile relay to a third place finish and an overall state collegiate record of 7:27.8. Wray was inducted into the inaugural class of the Harrison Goblin Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.