Track & Field Significant Figures

Track & Field in Dayton, Ohio


Compiled by Phillip D. Scott


The Miami Valley could easily be called “The Hurdle Capital of the World.” Over the years dozens of state, national, and Olympic hurdlers have come from the area. The area has produced names like Edwin Moses, Olympic Gold medalist; Lavonna Martin-Floreal, Olympic Silver medalist; Ed Dugger national champion; Lamarr Hill, national high school champion; Chris Nelloms, national class and many times Ohio state champion; Tonya Buford-Bailey and Donica Merriman, international hurdler.


The Miami Valley has been blessed with many track stars over the years Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder Bob Schul of West Milton; world record holder and Olympic Silver medalist Dave Albritton; American record holder and Olympic Gold medalist Lucinda Williams-Adams; international pole vaulter from Miamisburg Larry Jesse; a national class pole vaulter Jason Scott; and Craig Wallace a national and international sprinter.


Outstanding track coaches include Craig Wallace at Patterson Co-Op for 30 years, Lefty Martin (father of Lavonna Martin) of Trotwood and Steve Price of Kettering.


                                                               Olympic Track and Field Personalities

Dave Albritton

The Ohio State University

-  Native of Danville, Alabama, Albritton grew up in Cleveland and moved to Dayton in 1941.

-  In 1936 Albritton set a world record at 6’9 7/8”.

-  Won silver metal in the high jump at 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

-  All-American at OSU in 1936,1937, 1938.

-  Coached at Dunbar High School.

-  Seven time National Champion.

Tonja Buford-Bailey

Meadowdale High School, University of Illinois

- Participated in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

- Won bronze medal in 400-meter hurdles (53.22) at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

- Through 2003, her time of 53.22 for the 400-meter hurdles is the third best performance ever.


Edward Tiffin Cook

Chillicothe High School, Cornell University

- Three time Ohio State High School pole vault champion.

- Two time National champion.

- Won gold medal in a tie in the pole vault in the 1908 London Olympics and finished fourth in the long jump.

- Also qualified to compete in the low hurdles and the 100 meter dash.

- Served as Oakwood  High School track coach and athletic director - 1926-1941.

- Coached three consecutive state track and field championship teams - 1929-30-31.

- Also coached football at Oakwood High School for 13 years with three undefeated seasons.


Joe Greene

Stebbins High School, The Ohio State University

- Won bronze medals in long jump in 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

- Broke 54-year old school record held by Jesse Owens in indoor long jump at Ohio State with jump of 27’4”.

- Won the 1995 NCAA indoor title.

- Best jump was 28’5”.

- One time National Champion.

Tranel Hawkins

Trotwood High School, Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas

- Didn’t compete in track and field until college.

- Finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Francis Lane

Franklin High School, Princeton University

- Bronze medalist in the 100-meters, with a time of 12.6, in the first modern Olympics, in 1896, in Greece.

Lavonna Martin-Floreal

Trotwood High School, University of Tennessee

- Won two NCAA indoor titles while at Tennessee, where she was an All-American.

- Won silver medal in 100-meter hurdles (12.69) in 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

- Also participated in 1988 Seoul Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

- Two time National Champion.

Edwin Moses

Fairview High School, Morehouse College, Pepperdine University

-  Considered the best 400-meter hurdler of all time.

-  Won gold medal at 1976 Montreal Olympics (47.63) and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (47.75) in the 400-meter hurdles.

-  Won bronze medal at Seoul Olympics in the 400 meter hurdles (47.56)

-  Won record 122 consecutive races in his event from August 1977 to May 1987.

-  Named number 47 among ESPN’s 50 greatest North American athletes of the century. - Five time National Champion.

Bob Schul

Milton Union High School, Miami University

- Won gold medal in 5000 meters at 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the only American to ever win that event.

- Long-time coach in Dayton area, where he has the Bob Schul Racing Team.

- Also coached at Wright State University and coached the Malaysian National team in 1971.

- Set five American records and also one world record in the two mile event (8:26.4) Personal best in one mile (3:58:9);    1500-meters (3:40:7); three mile (13:10); 5000 meters 13:38; 3000 meters steeplechase (8:47:8)

-Two time National Champion.

- Autobiography: In the Long Run.

Albert Tyler

Franklin High School, Princeton University

-  Won silver medal in the pole vault with a height of 10’6” in the first modern Olympics, in 1896, in Greece.

Lucinda Williams-Adams

Tennessee State, Tennessee A & I

- Won gold medal in 4x100 meter relay at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.- Competed in 200-meter event in 1956 Melbourne Olympics. - Spent 32 years as coach, teacher and administrator with Dayton City Schools.

- One time National Champion.


Roger Beardmore

Oakwood High School, Duke University                                                                                                                      - Selected in 2002 to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary Men's Cross Country Team.