Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame announces inaugural class

Eighteen athletes, coaches and officials comprise the inaugural class of the Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame.

The list of inductees includes six Olympic athletes, one Olympic official, four NCAA champions and a slew of Section 2 record holders.

The inaugural class features:

  • Andy Bloom (Niskayuna/Wake Forest) – A 1996 NCAA champion in the shot put, Bloom placed fourth in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
  • Tracy Baskin (Albany/Seton Hall) – A 1987 NCAA champion in the 800-meter race, Baskin was ranked fourth in the world in 1988 and participated in the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea
  • Tim Lewis (Shenendehowa/University of Colorado) – Competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul as a racewalker; won the national 20-kilometer racewalk title several times from 1987 to 1995
  • Diana Richburg (Lansingburgh/University at Albany) – Competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles; won the 1985 national title in the women’s 1,500-meter race; held the United States indoor record for the women’s 1,000-meter race
  • Rudy Winkler (Averill Park/Cornell University/Rutgers University) – Won the 2016 NCAA and USATF championships in the hammer throw; competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aliann Pompey (Cohoes/Manhattan College) – Represented Guyana in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics; won an NCAA indoor track and field championship in the women’s 200-meter race
  • Arthur Allen (Mont Pleasant/Northeastern University) – Two-time New York State high school champion in the boys’ 300-meter race (indoors) and the boys’ 200-meter race (outdoors)
  • Nicole Blood (Saratoga Springs/University of Oregon) – Two-time Millrose Games champion in the high school mile race; won state and national high school titles in the girls’ mile and two mile races
  • Shelly Choppa (Glens Falls/Arizona State) – A four-time state high school champion in the high jump; was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1988 by Track and Field News
  • Cheri Goddard Kenah (Saratoga Springs/Villanova University) – Won the state and Federation titles in cross country; was part of Villanova’s world record-breaking 4×1500 meter relay team; competed internationally
  • Miles Irish (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/Georgetown University) – A two-time state indoor track champion; set national indoor records in the 600-meter and 1,000-meter races; was part of a world record distance medley relay team at Georgetown
  • Dan Olson (Albany Academy/Wheaton College) – Won three NCAA Division III outdoor high jump championships and two indoor titles; won Penn Relays scholastic high jump in 2001
  • Kyle Plante (Colonie) – Won a national title in indoor track (2010) and was a runner-up at outdoor nationals (2012); won two state indoor track titles and three state outdoor track titles while in high school
  • Rhonda Phillips Scott (Mont Pleasant/LSU) – Established seven Section 2 records in high school; placed sixth in the women’s heptathlon at the 1988 NCAA championships
  • Deshaya Williams (Saratoga Springs/Penn State) – Won discus title at the Pan American Games and the NCAA championships; won state high school indoor and outdoor track titles in shot put, as well as an outdoor title in discus
  • Linda and Art Kranick (coaches) – National and New York State coaches of the year in cross country; have coached more than 100 All-Americans in cross country and track while at Saratoga Springs High School; their teams have won numerous Sectional titles, including a run of 17 consecutive girls Class A cross country team titles (2000-16)
  • Barbara Palma (official) – Officiated track and field competitions at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, plus three U.S. Olympic team trials and numerous NCAA and collegiate conference championship meets; inducted into the USATF National Officials’ Committee Hall of Fame in its inaugural class; developed and taught officiating curriculum at University at Albany

The Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame will hold its inaugural induction ceremony Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Red Lion Inn on Wolf Road in Colonie. Earlier that day, a meet and greet will be held as part of the annual Grout Run in Schenectady’s Central Park.

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