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PV COACH INDUCTED INTO AZ RUNNER'S HALL OF FAME
PV Cross Country and Track coach Dave Barney will be inducted into the Arizona Runner's Hall of Fame on November 4. Please read below for the full release.
Four Arizona running legends will be inducted into the Arizona Runner’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon. The four will be honored for their significant contributions to the sport of running in the state.
“This prestigious award honors exceptional individuals who changed, and continue to change, the face of the sport in Arizona,” said Dr. Art Mollen, founder of The Mollen Foundation for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity and the 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon.
The 2012 inductees are:
Jesse Owens, an iconic figure in American sports history. As an Ohio State University student in 1935, Owens set three world records and tied a fourth at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships. The following year, Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics becoming the first person to accomplish that feat. President Ford honored Owens in 1976 by presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom award. Three years later, President Carter recognized Owens with the Living Legend Award. Owens died in Tucson from lung cancer in 1980. A year later, USA Track and Field established the Jesse Owens award, which is given to the top track and field athletes in the United States every year.
· Herman Frazier, a legendary former Arizona State University athlete and administrator. As a student, Frazier was an eight-time All American in track and field. In 1976, he performed on the world stage as the leadoff runner on the 4 x 400 USA relay team, which took home the gold medal from the Montreal Olympics. After graduating, Frazier remained at Arizona State, first as a graduate assistant for track and field, then as assistant director of events and facilities. He finished a 23-year career with the Sun Devils as the senior associate athletics director for business operations. In 2004, Frazier was selected Chef De Mission for the USA Olympic team that competed in Athens. Frazier is currently deputy athletics director/chief of staff at Syracuse University.
· Lynn Nelson Stott, an Arizona State University graduate, has won the Phoenix 10K four times, more than any other woman. Stott is an Olympic athlete who competed in the 1988 Seoul games and was selected as an alternate for the 1996 Atlanta games. After a couple of knee and foot operations, Stott had to give up running, but now competes in mountain biking. Stott lives in Boise, Idaho, where she manages a web design and development business.
David Barney, track and field and cross country coach at Paradise Valley Community College. Barney’s men’s and women’s cross country teams have won a total of eight national championships and finished second six times since 1996. Barney has been honored eight times as the NJCAA Cross Country National Coach of the Year and is previous Indoor Track and Field National Coach of the Year. Barney, a former All-American athlete at the University of Arkansas, was raised in Arizona and was a state cross country and track and field champion, and a junior college national champion. Barney is a two-time member of the U.S. National team competing in the World Championships.
Frazier, Stott and a daughter of Jesse Owens are expected to be at the 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon to be honored. They are available for media interviews leading up to the race.
Now in its 37th year, the 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon will start and finish near CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The family-friendly community event benefits The Mollen Foundation for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity. This year’s race was selected by USA Track & Field to be the Arizona championship race for the 10K distance. There also will be a half marathon, 5K, The Mollen Mile for youth, and a kid’s 50-yard dash.