The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


May 1, 2014

A Warren Dillaway column: On track for its own hall of fame

The accomplishments of 13 athletes — nine individuals and one relay — will be remembered on June 1 during the induction of the first class of the Ashtabula County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame.

A committee of about a dozen area track coaches, some of them retired, and officials, have been working for 18 months to put together the Hall of Fame.

I am one of those coaches and the committee is hoping that area track and cross country fans may want to be a part of history and attend the event in the banquet hall at 6 p.m. overlooking the the world-class indoor track facility at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township.

The committee decided it would be wise to start with state champions from Ashtabula County, so the first class will include Bob Garvey of Harbor (long jump); Mick Shoaf of Grand Valley (discus); Nadine Cox of Geneva (discus); Duane Stewart of Edgewood (800 meters); Scott Campbell of St. John (1600 meters); Jon Lyons of Ashtabula (800 meters); Mark DeBevc of Geneva (discus), Tom and Joe Sassler of St. John (400 meters) and the Kingsville High School 400 relay team Gene Yoak, Allyn Thiel, John Konnert and Jerry Paulson.

The committee is seeking any information regarding living relatives of Garvey, who still holds the Ashtabula County long jump record after nearly eight decades.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of relatives, contact me at

Those interested in attending the event, please respond to P.O. Box 433, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004, by sending a check for $30 for each person planning to attend. We would ask that the names of each person attending be sent with the check, made payable to Ashtabula County Track Meet.

The second class of inductees, scheduled for 2015, will be the remaining state track and field champions.

The Ashtabula Distance Runners Club will also announce the winner of a $500 scholarship for a boy and girl senior cross country runner during the banquet.

The high school track season is in full swing and area track fans will have a chance to see Ashtabula County athletes at their best during the Karl Pearson Ashtabula County Track Meet on May 10 at Pymatuning Valley High School.

Most of the honorees have responded to an invitation to the event and are planning to attend. The event will be a time to reflect on historic achievements and honor those who have excelled at the sport.

Many area athletes did not win state titles, but performed at high levels and went on to college and professional success. Those athletes will have the opportunity to join future classes of the Hall of Fame.

Dillaway is a writer-photographer for the Star Beacon. Reach him at

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