The Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame will induct its 24th class during a 6:30 p.m. banquet June 1 in the Silver City Ballroom of the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.
All of the inductees are connected to Arkansas as track and field athletes, coaches, officials or contributors.
“This year’s class ranks among the best we have inducted based solely on athletic achievement,” said Ernest Miller, president of the ATFHF. “All seven of the inductees had exceptional careers.”
The class includes three Olympians: Michael Tinsley, silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles; the late Niall O’Shaughnessy, John McDonnell’s first Irish recruit who laid the foundation for the Razorbacks’ distance corps and represented Ireland in the 1976 Olympics in the 800 and 1,500 meters; and Christin Wurth-Thomas, the former Razorback runner who was on the U.S. Olympic team in 2008 for the 1,500.
Others to be inducted include former Razorback high jumper Bill Jasinski and former UA sprinter John Register, each of whom qualified for and competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials; and Ross Bolding, who had an exceptional career as a U.S.A. Track and Field masters-level runner for more than 40 years.
Register suffered a career-ending training accident that resulted in the loss of his left leg, but rather than giving up, he became a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team as a swimmer and later as a runner and jumper, winning the silver medal in the long jump at the 2000 World Games in Sydney, Australia.
His jump is an American record, and he is one of just two men in the world to jump over 17 feet, 8 inches without a leg or knee.
Tickets for the banquet are $50 per person ($52 if purchased by credit card) or $500 for a table of 10. Orders should be mailed to Charles Tadlock, P.O. Box 211, Sheridan, Arkansas, 72150 and must be received by May 27 to be guaranteed.
A confirmation card or email will be sent for orders received by May 27.
Tickets may be picked up at the ATFHF registration desk after 5 p.m. June 1.
For more information, contact Miller at (501) 329-6103.