County Hall of Fame banquet canceled

Grand Valley’s John Steimle races to the front of 3200 meter run on his way to victory at the 2018 Division II district meet at Perry. Area track athletes elected to the Ashtabula County Track and Field Hall of Fame will have to wait another year after the Ashtabula County Cross Country & Track and Field Hall of Fame banquet, scheduled for May 31, was postponed until next spring. Steimle lost his senior season to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 class of the Ashtabula County Cross Country & Track and Field Hall of Fame will have to wait another year for their induction.

The hall of fame’s directors decided to hold the installation off for another year because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for May 31 at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township.

Board president Ron Weaver said the board was concerned with the challenges of people traveling from different parts of the country and not knowing when flare ups from the coronavirus might occur so waiting till next spring was the best option.

The 2020 class will be announced next spring, Weaver said. The class members include representatives from the 1960s all the way to the 2010s.

The event would have celebrated the seventh class of the hall of fame and includes legendary area runners including Darrell Sargent, a Harbor High School graduate, who ran in the 1980 Olympic Trials and Geneva’s Mark Debevc, who set the Ashtabula County Record in 1967 that still stands with a throw of 192-1.

The hall of fame also celebrates the accomplishments of Ashtabula County cross country individual runners and team. Several Edgewood High School teams have been inducted for the excellence.

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