Nine champions of the cinders will be inducted into the Ashtabula County Cross Country and Track & Field Hall of Fame on May 27 at SPIRE Institute.
The group includes one athlete who tied for a state championship in 1944 and two more who have held Ashtabula County records for at least two decades.
• Harry Bourdeau, a member of the Harbor High School Class of 1945, tied for
first place in the OHSAA Class B Track and Field Meet with a jump of 11’ 2 1/4” in 1944, tied for third place in the pole vault in 1945 and registered a third-place finish in the 440-yard dash.
• Fred Hirsamaki, a 1943 Conneaut High School graduate, dates back even further with a second place finish
in the 1943 OHSAA Class B Track and Field high jump competition with a leap of 6’2”.
Lester Smith, a 1965 graduate of Edgewood High School, tied for fourth place, in a seven way tie, at the OHSAA Class AA Track & Field meet. He later went
on to finish fourth in the 1968 Olympic
Trials missing a spot on the team by one place.
• Tirrell Brenneman, a 1994 Harbor High School graduate, still holds the Ashtabula County high jump record of 6’10” and finished third in the 1993 OHSAA Division I Track & Field meet with a jump of 6’6” and earned a fifth place finish in 1994 with a leap of 6’4’.
• Dale Miller, a 1976 graduate of Ashtabula High School, also still holds an Ashtabula County record with a 14.2 in the 120-yard hurdles. He finished third at the 1975 OHSAA Track & Field meet with a time of 14.2 and fourth in the same event at the state meet in 1976.
• Landon Hamilton, a 2008 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, qualified for three OHSAA Division III Cross Country meets, finishing as high as fifth in 2007 with a time of 15:57.06. He also placed in two events during the 2008 OHSAA Division III Track & Field meet. He was second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:23.53 and fifth in the 3200 meter run in a time of 9:42.
• Stephanie Anderson Harris, a 2000 graduate of Conneaut High School, finished third in the 1997 OHSAA Division II Cross Country meet and second the following year. She also qualified for the OHSAA Track & Field meet in 1997 and finished sixth in the same event with a time of 5:10.3 in 1998.
• Stephanie Baugher Oyster, a 2002 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, qualified for the state track meet in three different years and the cross country meet once. She earned seventh place in the 1999 OHSAA Division II Track & Field meet with a time of 46.56 and also qualified as a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay. Baugher also finished 66th
with a time of 20:18 in the 2000 Division III Cross Country
meet, helping her team to a seventh place finish.
Baugher also qualified for the 2000 OHSAA Track & Field meet and helped the 4 x 400 meter relay team to a sixth place finish with a time of 4:03.07. She also earned a fifth place finish in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 46.07 at the 2001 Division II Track & Field meet.
• John Peaspanen was elected for his 16 years as head track coach at Conneaut High School where he coached many athletes to the state track meet and guided his 1992 team to a fourth place finish at the OHSAA Division II Track & Field meet.
in attending the induction ceremony may send a $35 check, made payable to Ashtabula County CC. and Track & Field Hall of Fame, to P.O. Box. 24, Jefferson OH 44047. The payment must arrive by May 21 at the very latest.
For more information call 440-812-5392.