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ARKANSAS TRACK & FIELD HALL OF FAME, 2009 INDUCTEES

 

DON CONDER
  • Ran for Little Rock High School and Abilene Christian
  • Ran on some of the greatest collegiate relay teams in history at Abilene Christian
  • At LRHS as a junior ran on the winning 440-yard and record-setting 880-yard relay teams, finished second in the 100 and won the 220, setting a new meet record of 22.7
  • Won five events as a senior in the Big Eight high school meet.
  • Big Eight meet: Won 100 (10.1), 220 (22.3) and 440 (50.5), all with meet records
  • Big Eight meet: Ran on the winning 440-yard relay team that tied the record of 44.3
  • Big Eight meet: Won the broad jump at 21-0 ½”
  • Abilene Christian: 1956 - Ran on the 880-yard relay team that tied the world record of 1:24.0
  • Ran on 19 relay teams that won titles at the three major relay meets of the era – Texas, Kansas and Drake Relays.
  • Abilene Christian won two national championships and two runner-up in his four years
  • Later served as an administrator for 20 years at Lubbock State School
  • Named to the Abilene Christian College Board of Trustees in 1983
  • Over 40 years as a track and cross country official at the local, state and national level
  • Inducted into Abilene Christian Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.


RICHARD “ DICK” HENDRICKSON

  • Ran track at Cabot High School and Arkansas State Teacher College (now University of Central Arkansas).
  • Named the outstanding athlete in senior year at Cabot HS; participated in six track and field events.
  • Set records in the district and regional meets in the 220 and discus.  In 1953 Hendrickson scored 16.25 points to lead Cabot to the district championship, finishing 1st in the 100-yd dash (10.1), 1st in the 220 (22.9), 1st in the discus (NR) and 1st in the 440 relay.  The team finished 2nd in state with Hendrickson as 1st in the 100, 2nd in the 220 and 3rd in the discus, scoring 10 points.
  • In 1955-57 at ASTC, he lettered two years in football and track, anchoring three AIC championship relay teams.  In 1956, 1st in the 440 relay (43.2 school record) and 1st in the 880 relay.  In 1957, 1st in the 880 relay and contributing to two AIC championships and the 8th consecutive for the Bears.  Hendrickson is a member of the UCA Track and Field Honor Roll.
  • In 1957 he became head football and track coach at El Dorado Jr. High (2 years) and then three years as EHS track and assistant football coach.  Organized the Oil Belt Relays and drew teams such as LR Central and Crossett to participate.
  • 1963-1966 Hendrickson coached at NLR Ridgeroad Jr. High, winning numerous conference and regional championships.  In 1969 he became A.D. for the NLR School District.  Some achievements while serving as NLR A.D. included construction of a tartan track and instituting girls athletics at four jr. high and two high schools, with emphasis on track and field.  He organized and directed Wildcat Relays and Northeast Charger Relays with 20 jr. and sr. high divisions for 20 years.
  • Served as timer for LR Central Tiger Relays and on the AAA’s Track and Field Advisory Committee.
  • Named A.D. of the Year in 76-77.  In 1979 was one of six recipients of the NFHS Citation for outstanding contributions to high school athletics.  In 1986 was Arkansas A.D. of the Year and Regional (15 states) A.D. of the Year.
  • Inducted into the inaugural Class of 2007 of the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame.  In 2009 he was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame and was the Arkansas NIAAA Hall of Fame nominee.

ERNEST MILLER

  • 4-year letterman – University of Central Arkansas, sprints and relays
  • Contributed to four consecutive AIC championships
  • Member of three AIC record setting relay teams – 44, 880 and sprint medley
  • Two 440 relay teams that placed third and fourth in NAIA National Meets
  • Personal best of 21.5 in the 220-yard dash
  • Coached track in Conway Schools 1965-71, winning state championship in 1966
  • Volunteer assistant track coach, University of Arkansas 1976-77 while earning EdD in Physical Education
  • Dissertation involved studying blood hemoglobin levels in female distance runners
  • Served as a meet official for over 30 years for collegiate and state high school track and field meets


WAYNE ROPER

  • Began running for Raymond (Rip) Powell in 1961 in the 8th grade; later ran for Vernon Hutchins until graduating from Stamps High School in 1965
  • Stamps teams were the Class B State Champions in 1965 and runner-up in 1962, 1963 and 1964
  • Won every 880 yard race during junior and senior years except for a 3rd place finish in the Meet of Champions (1964) and a 3rd place finish (1:53.0) at the Golden West Invitational (1965)
  • Set overall high school state record of 1:53.6 at the Meet of Champions as a senior in 1965 that stood until 1970
  • Selected Arkansas track athlete of the year for his classification, 1965
  • At Southern State in 1966, undefeated in the AIC 800 meters and set the conference record of 1:53.3 at the conference meet
  • In 1967 only one loss in the AIC at the conference meet but set the school record of 1:52.9.  All Conference in 1966 and 1969 and selected captain for junior and senior year.
  • After college, resumed athletic competition at the age of 33, running road races from 5,000 meters to marathons
  • 1980 to 1995, ran in 127 5K races and placed 1st in age group 104 times and in age group top three 17 other times; also placed in the overall top 3 in 51 of those races
  • Ran 36 10K’s from 1980 to 1994; won age group in 18 of those races and placed in age group top three another 11 races
  • Posted best 10K time of 33:34 at the age of 38, and personal best of 16:09 in the 5K at age 40
  • At age 57, began competing in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics, winning 1st place overall in the 400 and 800 meter events in 2005, 06 and 07.


HAROLD VALENTINE

  • Attended Harding College, BA, Physical Education 1961; MEd Elementary Administration 1989
  • Began coaching career at Harding Academy, Memphis, 1961-63, coaching football, basketball, track and baseball
  • Coached football, basketball and track at Cotton Plant, 1963-65
  • Has officiated track and field for 46 years
  • Served as starter, clerk of the course and head timer for high school meets
  • Head starter for numerous state high school track championships
  • Starter for high school Meet of Champs seven years
  • Coordinator of the state high school Decathlon and Pentathlon held in Searcy for three years.
  • Officiated at AIC conference meets for over 20 years
  • Officiated at SEC championships and six national NAIA outdoor meets
  • Officiated at Southland conference championships
  • Starter for six indoor high school state championship meets at Fayetteville
  • National certified track official for over 20 years
  • Presenter at AAA Administrative Track Meet Meetings
  • Distinguished Service Award recipient from ATFHF in 2005

 

 

 

 

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