2020: Fourteen were inducted February 1st into the North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame at JDL Fast Track during the Mondo Elite Invitational.
Inductees include: Athletes:
Dr. Harvey P. Barret Dennis Cullen
Donnie Davis Richard Prince
In college at Middle Tennessee State, he earned seven NCAA All-American honors, including two in one day when he won the long jump and triple jump after completing trials in the morning session for both events. He was also the Ohio Valley Conference indoor and outdoor track male athlete of the year, and the overall OVC athlete of the year. He was a 2001 inductee in Middle Tennessee State's Blue Raider Hall of Fame.
Interview: Greg Artis - NCrunners.com
During outdoor track, she won four state titles in the 100-meter hurdles (1993, ‘94, '95, '96, setting a 3A record in 1993 and a 2A state meet record in 1995); four in the 300-meter hurdles (1993, ‘94, '95, '96, setting a 2A state meet record in 1995); four in the triple jump (1993, ‘94, '95, '96, setting a state meet record the last three years), and two in the long jump (1995, '96, setting a 2A state meet record each year). She also was the 3A outdoor state meet MVP in 1993 and the 2A outdoor state meet MVP in ‘94, '95 and '96, while helping her team to the state title in '94, '95 and ‘96.
During indoor track, she won four 60-yard/55-meter hurdle titles (1993, '94, '95, '96); two titles in the triple jump (1994, '96) and one in the long jump (1996), while also helping Cummings to the 1996 all-class team title and earning meet MVP in 1994 and ‘96. She graduated ranked No. 1 all-time in North Carolina in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, triple jump, and No. 4 in the long jump. She is still No. 2 all-time in the triple jump. She was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" female athletes.
In college at the University of North Carolina (1997-2000), she was a three-time All-American in the triple jump (two indoors, one outdoors), and a three-time ACC champion in the triple jump, 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. In 2000, she won the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award.
Interview: DeAnne Davis - NCrunners.com
He also set three national high school records (55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, and 110-meter hurdles; the 110-meter hurdle record still stands), and is a two-time national high school indoor champion (60-meter hurdles, 2008 and 2009), a two-time national high school outdoor champion (110-meter hurdles, 2007, 2009); and a three-time state champion (two in the 55-meter hurdles in 2008 and 2009, and one in the 110-meter hurdles in 2009). Davis won the 2009 U.S. Junior title (ages 19-under) in the 110-meter hurdles (13.16), and was also a member of the 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Olympic team.
In college at Texas A&M, Davis was an eight-time All-American (outdoors in the 110-meter high hurdles, and indoors in the 60-meter high hurdles, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), and an NCAA Champion (2013, 110-meter high hurdles), and two-time NCAA runner-up (2013, 60-meter high hurdles; 2012, 110-meter high hurdles); he also was a two-time SEC Champion in the 110-meter high hurdles (2013, 2014) and one-time Big 12 Champion in the 110-meter high hurdles (2012), and was SEC runner-up in the 60-meter high hurdles (2013) and Big 12 runner-up in the 60-meter high hurdles (2011).
One of the most decorated track and cross country athletes in North Carolina history, winning 21 NCHSAA state titles (three in cross country; 18 in track). She won the NCHSAA 1A/2A individual cross country title in 1990, 1991, 1992; In track and field, she won 13 outdoor state titles and five indoor titles. She won the distance triple three times at the state outdoor meet (winning the 800, 1600 and 3200 in 1991, 1992 and 1993, while also running on the winning 4x800-meter relay each year, and in 1990, as well), while leading her team to the 1991 1A title.
During indoor track she won five state titles, while also winning the meet MVP in 1992 when it was an all-classification state meet (her five titles were in the mile in 1992 and 1993; two-mile in 1992 and 1993, and 1,000-yard run in 1991). She was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" female athletes.
In college at the University of North Carolina, Godlock was a two-time All-American (indoor track), the Tar Heels' first ACC cross country champion, winning three straight titles (1994-96), and she also won the ACC 1,500 meters during outdoor track.
Interview: Karen Godlock - NCrunners.com
She won four state titles in the 100-meter hurdles (1994, 95, 96, 97, setting state meet records in '95 and '97); 2 state titles in the 300-meter hurdles (1994, '95, setting a state meet record in '95 that stood for 6 years); 3 state titles in the high jump (1995, '96, '97, setting a 1A record in 1995); 2 state titles in the 200 meters (1994, '95, setting a 1A record in 1995), one state title in the 400 meters (1997, setting a 1A record); two state titles in the 800 (1996, '97, setting a 1A record in ‘96) and 1 state title in the 1600 meters (1996, setting a 1A record). The only year she didn't win 4 titles was her freshman year in 1994, when she won three state titles. She was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" female athletes.
In college, she earned All-ACC honors twice at Clemson before transferring to Furman, where she won Southern Conference titles in the 800 meters (2000 and 2002), set school records in the heptathlon, 800 meters, and 4x800-meter relay, and also helped Furman win the 2000 Southern Conference title in cross country. She was a five-time All-Southern Conference performer and a three-time academic honor roll member.
Interview: Julie Stackhouse - NCrunners.com
In college at the University of North Carolina, Beatty was a three-time All-American (1955 and 1957 in the two-mile, and 1956 in the 5,000 meters), and an 11-time ACC champion, winning the ACC Indoor Mile and 2-Mile double three consecutive years, the ACC Outdoor Mile twice, and the ACC Cross Country Championship three times.
In high school at Charlotte Central, he won the NCHSAA all-classification state title in the mile in 1952 and 1953 and helped Central to the 1952 team title. Beatty was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, and the USA National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1990. He was one of the NCHSAA's "100 to Remember" male athletes.
At one point she held University of North Carolina school records in the 1,500, 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000. Nesbit won the 1984 ACC 10,000 meters and 3,000 meters.
In high school at East Mecklenburg, Nesbit won the 1980 NCHSAA All-Classification 1600 meters in 5:05.7, and was one of the first girls to run cross country in North Carolina, running on the boys' cross country team before there was a state meet offered for girls.
A 1940 Charlotte News article (by sports writer Burke Davis) after Dr. Barret passed away, said he was "...a quiet and unassuming man who was famous all over America for his work as a pathologist. In his field he was known as one of the best--but the people who will miss him most and hold his memory longer are those young men who were kids at Charlotte's Central High in the Twenties; the boys who made Charlotte track teams the finest in the South, because he was there with them. This man was a coach of another day, and he was known as the father and dean of Dixie's scholastic track because he built winning teams of almost any boys who came to him. His teams were teams, not collections of point-making stars; and the Barrett legend among Charlotte athletes says there was never a man who knew better the psychology of handling boys, and leading them patiently to fine performances and championships."
"There was no money in those days to buy good equipment for teams as there is today, and Dr. Barrett, with the help of a few friends, equipped the team himself, took his boys off on trips at his own expense. His method of training were the finest yet evolved, and a long friendship with Coach Bob Fetzer at Chapel Hill led to the use of many of his methods at North Carolina. As his kids grew up, wanting to see them have every chance they could, he continued to send many of them to college, enlisted friends to help. Many a Charlotte boy owes his education to The Doctor."
Besides the seven state championships, Central also finished third, second and first at the Southern Championships in Maryland, and was unbeaten in dual meets during his tenure.
As head cross country and track coach at Durham Academy, he had 10 boys and 7 girls win individual state cross country titles, and 82 boys' and 104 girls' win state titles in track and field.
The Durham City-County Cross Country Championship also named an award after him, the "Dennis M. Cullen Trophy," given each year to the best combined boys' and girls' program at the Durham City-County Championships.
Cullen has also been a key organizer for Durham County Special Olympics for more than 20 years, and was given Durham Academy's prestigious F. Robertson Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award.
He is the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Durham Academy Hall of Fame.
Interview: Dennis Cullen - NCrunners.com
In his 29 years at Cummings, where he is currently the head track coach, he has been a part of 28 team state championships. After being named head coach in 2003, his teams won 18 state titles: 1A/2A/3A Girls' Indoor (5): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; 1A/2A Girls' Indoor (3): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019; 1A/2A/3A Boys' Indoor (1): 2013; 2A Girls' Outdoor (7): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019.
Davis has been named state coach of the year 16 times, and conference coach of the year nine times. He has been inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame (2017) and the Cummings Hall of Fame (2011).
Interview: Donnie Davis - NCrunners.com
As an official, he has officiated 15 high school track nationals, and numerous indoor and outdoor state track meets, college meets, regional track meets, cross country invitationals and regionals, as well as the Bislett Games (Oslo, Norway), World University Games, U.S. Olympic Trials, Olympic Festival, USATF indoor and outdoor nationals, U.S. Juniors, international track meets at Duke (1974 and 1982), and various college meets, including NCAA nationals, NAIA nationals, National Junior College nationals, ACC Championships, Big South, and several other conferences.
As a meet director: Along with Hall of Fame coach Larry McAfee, Prince helped the state meet grow as co-meet director (1980-2002), co-found and was co-meet director of the Wendy's Invitational (1974-2006, North Carolina's first, long-running, major invitational) and was the Queen City Relays meet director (1972-2000, the state's oldest relay meet). Also, along with McAfee, Prince introduced all-state recognition in cross country (both McAfee and Prince paid for the certificates each year for each classification, not asking the state to pay them back).
He was also the Foot Locker/Kinney National Cross Country Championships assistant meet director (1982-2003, as well as working with the Foot Locker South meet), and NCHSAA state track and field meet co-director (1988-1999), NCHSAA Regional Track & Field Meet Director (1978-2002), and NCHSAA Sectional Meet Director (1972-78, 1988).
He served on the state high school advisory committees for track and field (1985-1990); was a National Federation Track and Field Rules Committee member (1985), and the North Carolina representative to the committee for Olympic development (1982-1985).
He was a volunteer member of the U.S. Olympic Committee for 45 years. In 2002 at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City he received the Olympic Order which is the highest honor a volunteer can receive.
Some of the 29 tracks that were built by Irwin Belk: Appalachian State, Campbell University, Davidson College, Elon, Furman, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne, Livingstone, University of North Carolina, N.C. A&T, UNC Charlotte, UNC Pembroke, Queens University, Wingate University and Winthrop University, and at least 13 more.
Interview: Irwin Belk on his grandfather's induction - NCrunners.com
Interview: Architect Bill Nichols on Irwin Belk - NCrunners.com
Also, he has officiated more than 300 track meets at all levels, including NCAA National Championships, National Sports Festival and numerous international meets. USATF (TAC) Master certified since 1982.
Interview: Frank Davis - NCrunners.com
He has been involved with track and field for about 60 years in a variety of roles, but his main contribution is helping give high school track the indoor and outdoor nationals, and bringing the outdoor nationals (as well as the Great American Cross Country Festival) to North Carolina. Those two events alone have helped promote both sports in this state immensely, and, because of the location of the events have given countless North Carolina high school athletes and coaches exposure and easy access to national events that otherwise wouldn't be available to them because of travel burdens.
Interview: John Blackburn on Jim Spier - NCrunners.com
"That's our goal, though; we want to honor those who have helped make this sport so great in North Carolina, and the last two classes of inductees are a collection of some of the best athletes, coaches and contributors in the history of our sport."
-- North Carolina High School Track & Field/Cross Country Hall of Fame
14 Inductees Headline The 2nd NC Hall of Fame Class (12/23) - NCrunners
Godlock selected for state Hall of Fame (12/27) - PolkSports.com
Godlock elected to Hall of Fame (12/26) - BlueRidgeNow.com
Stackhouse headed to Hall of Fame (1/2) - ClayCountyProgress.com
Stackhouse to enter NC HOF (12/26) - Jacksonville.com
Greg Artis Elected to Hall of Fame (1/2) - GoBlueRaiders.com
Another Fike star Artis to enter another HOF (2/1) - WilsonTimes.com
Burlington's Davis family adds to honors (2/1) - theTimesNews.com
Jim Spier to be inducted (12/26) - NationalScholastic.org
2019: Ten were inducted into the inaugural class of the North Carolina
Greg Yeldell, Robert Steele to be inducted (1/3) - SalisburyPost.com
Kathy McMillan: Hall of Fame Inductee (1/2) - FayettevilleObserver.com
McMillan Elected in 1st Class of Hall of Fame - TSUtigers.com
Former Myers Park Coach to be honored (1/7) - WinchesterStar.com
Coach Allen in HOF - 68mustangs.com (scroll down!)
Rocky Mount alum in HOF Class - RockyMountTelegram.com
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