Courtesy of OSUBeavers.com
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The dream of so many will finally be realized when the Oregon State Track and Field program officially opens the doors to the sparkling jewel that is the brand new Whyte Track and Field Center tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.
The historic event signifies the completion of the first phase of a three-part project to rebuild the OSU track and field program that was reintroduced in 2005 after nearly a 17-year hiatus.
Perhaps more notable than the physical structure, tomorrow’s ribbon cutting welcomes the return of numerous Beaver alums whose past exploits have contributed immensely to the proud tradition that is Oregon State track and field. Among the more than 600 confirmed attendees will be no less than 23 former OSU All-Americans spanning from 1954 to the present day. In addition, three Beaver Olympians who competed in the Games of 1964, 1968, 1984, 1988 and 1992 will enjoy the day’s festivities at the impressive landmark on the south end of campus.
Some of those in attendance include:
Dick Fosbury - Founder of the world-renowned “Fosbury Flop”, Fosbury captured gold in the high jump at the 1968 Games in Mexico City with a record leap of 7-4 ¼ and was a two-time NCAA champion in the event.
Morgan Groth - A multiple All-American while at Oregon State, Groth won both the 800 and 1,500 meters at the Olympic Trials, but an injury forced him to miss the 1964 Olympic Games. The following year he broke the U.S. record in the 880 with a time of 1:47.5. He was the top NCAA finisher in the mile in 1963 (4:05.3) and the 1,500 in 1964 (3:40.4). Groth still owns the school record in the 800, running 1:45.87 in 1964 and ran a personal best in the mile in 1965 (3:57.2).
Cindy Greiner - Greiner lettered in track from 1980-81 and earned All-America honors as a senior when she placed fourth at the AIAW and set the United States record in the heptathlon with 5,420 points. She also won a regional title in 1981. Greiner later represented the U.S. in the heptathlon in the Olympics in 1984, 1988 and 1992. She finished fourth in 1984 and eighth in 1988. Greiner’s career also included earning United States national championships in 1984 and 1990. She was the gold medalist at the 1987 Pan American Games and earned a silver medal in 1983.
Gerry Church - Church was an All-American in the javelin who finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in 1954 (198-3 ½) and third in 1955 (232-6).
Steve DeAutremont - A NCAA Champion and two-time All-American in the hammer throw, DeAutremont claimed titles in 1969 (190-5) and 1970 (203-9) and also coached Lance Brooks in the discus at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Timothy Fox - Fox was a two-time All-American in the discus who finished third at the NCAA’s in 1979 (201-7) and fifth in 1980 (186-0).
Tom Woods - Woods was a four-time All-American in the high jump who won the NCAA title in 1972 with a height of 7-3 ¼.
Willie Turner - Turner lettered in track from 1967-70 and holds the OSU record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.00, the world’s fastest mark at the time in 1967. He also holds the school record in the 100-yard and 220-yard dashes. He won the NCAA title and earned All-American honors in the 220 in 1970. Turner captured the Pac-8 Northern Division title in the 100-yard dash in 1968. He is the second all-time leading dual meet point scorer at OSU (175). Turner was the 1967 National College Freshman of the Year. He also shared the world record for the 50-yard dash indoor mark in 1968, and set a new conference championships record in the 220 in 1970.
Dale Story - One of the premier student-athletes in the history of Oregon State University, the four-year letterman Story won the individual title at the 1961 NCAA Men’s Country Championships, and in the process guided the school to its first-ever NCAA team title. In that national championship race, Story beat six future Olympians as he ran barefoot in 30-degree weather. During his OSU career, Story also earned track and field All-America honors in 1962 in the three-mile run, and he set 13 course or meet records. In the spring of 1961, Story set a world juniors record for the two-mile run (8:46.9) at the California Relays.
Darrell Horn - A three-time All-American in the triple jump, Horn won the Northern Division long jump title three straight years. He held the school record in both the long and triple jumps during his career.
Joni Huntley - An Olympic high jumper in 1976 and 1984, Huntley won the bronze in ’84. She was the recipient of the prestigious Hayward Award, signifying the state’s top amateur athlete. During her career, she was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. five times and appeared in the top 10 for 13 consecutive years.
John Radetich - Currently the high jumps coach at Oregon State, Radetich was one of three seven-foot high jumpers enrolled at OSU while getting his degree, which was the first school to have three seven-foot high jumpers enrolled at the same time. He was the Pac-8 high jump champion in 1970. After college, he was the first high jumper to clear seven feet using both the straddle and the flop techniques. In 1973, Radetich set the indoor world record in the first professional track and field meet in Pocatello, Idaho, which was the first world record for the “Fosbury Flop”.
All-Americans Laura Carlyle (2011 HM – 5,000m; 2012 HM – 1,500m) Mark Fricker (1982 – 1,500m), Dan Fulton (1979 – 5,000m), Danny Likens (1961 – javelin), Norman Monroe (1961 – 440y) and Terry Thompson(1968 – 880y) will also be joined by Steve Pauly, a member of the Oregon State University Hall of Fame, who became the nation’s top decathlete in 1965 by scoring 7,648 points. Former head coaches Berny Wagner, Sam Bell, Chuck McNeil, Frank Morris and Pat Ingram, and the project’s lead benefactor and former student-athlete Jim Whyte will also be in the crowd tomorrow.
With too many special attendees to name everyone individually, the entirety of Oregon State track alums at the ribbon cutting will head to the club level at Reser Stadium for a private reunion reception after the public event.
Phase I of the track and field project includes an IAAF certified Olympic-caliber polyurethane surface, nine-lane track with one meter safety zone on the outer perimeter, steeplechase on the interior apex of the turn, dual high jump aprons, dual long jump/triple jump runways with oppositional pits, dual pole vault runways with oppositional plant boxes, dual shot put throw sectors, dual discus rings, oppositional east/west javelin runways, FieldTurf synthetic turf infield, NCAA and high school track markings and Oregon State graphics.
The Whyte Track and Field Center entrance is located east of the 26th and Western intersection, between the Hilton Garden Inn and the OSU Softball Complex. Parking will be available in the track parking lot and Reser Stadium lot directly across the street.
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