Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Gary Baumgartner (Ed Barker Award - 2018)
Gary Baumgartner

The OATCCC takes great pride in naming Gary Baumgartner the 2018 Ed BarkerAward winner for the major impact he has had on the sports of cross country and track &field with the development of Baumspage. Baumspage has revolutionized our sport in many facets, all of which have had a positiveimpact. For coaches, entries for meets is far less tedious and time consuming and theeasy access of meet results has been utilized and appreciated by not only coaches, but alsoathletes, parents, fans, media personnel, and college coaches. Not until the advent ofBaumspage did our sports enjoy the tremendous publicity and coverage enjoyed today.First introduced in 2001, the OHSAA now utilizes Baumspage for all of its tournamententries in cross country and track and field. The page has also expanded to includeentries for tournaments taking place in wrestling and golf. In 2005, Baumspage helped theOATCCC with entries for the first Indoor State Championships. In 2013, Gary was instrumentalin helping the OHSAA and OATCCC formulate the entry process by which the newlyformed Wheelchair Division in Track & Field would be conducted. In 2017, Ohio addedthe 7th and 8th Grade TF State Championship, and once again, Baumspage was there.For all he has done for all of us, the OATCCC is proud to recognize Gary Baumgartneras the 2018 Ed Barker Award winner.

Camee Beyers (Williams) (2018)
Camee Beyers

Multi-event athletes are always fun to watch at the State Meet, not only because of the appreciation of such fantastic all around talent, but also because of the anticipation of what that athlete might do at the next levels of competition in the Pentathlon and Heptathlon. Cameé (Williams) Beyers of Springfield South High School won her first State Championship title (300M H) as a 14-year-old freshman, the youngest athlete from Clark County to do so. She had already taken 2nd in the 100HH and track enthusiasts put a check next to her name in their programs as a kid to watch over the next three years—and she did not disappoint. As a sophomore, she won the Long Jump and set a state record (her 20-1¼ jump remains the #2 all-time jump in Ohio), took 2nd in both the High Jump and 300IH, following a 4th place run in the100HH. That summer, at the Junior Olympic National Meet in Houston, she set a National Record in the High Jump (5-11¼) in 15-16 age group. In February of her junior year, her National High School Championship title in the Pentathlon sent a message to the rest of Ohio that she would be ready for the State Meet that spring. Cameé won the High Jump, Long Jump, and took 2nd in the 300IH, and 3rd in the 100HH earning her school 34 points and winning the Division I Runner-up team title by herself—a follow-up to the Regional team title she had won the week before. A back injury in the 1998 Regional Meet robbed us all of a chance to see what she might do her senior year, but she left her high school career behind having earned All-American honors in five separate events. At the University of Illinois, Cameé’s Big Ten Pentathlon championship also set a stadium record at Penn State. She set the Big Ten Heptathlon 100M H record on her way to a Runnerup performance. She won All-American honors in the indoor 60HH and the outdoor 100HH. At the Drake Relays, Cameé ran the second leg of the 4 x 100M shuttle hurdle relay team that set a National, Collegiate, and World Record in 2001. It was the first time any relay was named the meet MVP. Cameé also earned several scholar-athlete awards at the University of Illinois. Cameé remains one of Ohio’s finest multi-event athletes. She is an English teacher and has her own health and wellness business. She resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband, Ben, and two daughters, Jacqueline and Simone.

Richard Bruggeman (2018)
Richard Bruggeman

The hurdle events have always been strength events and even at the State Championship level in today’s era, seniors year in and year out will make up over half of the qualifying positions in these events. So, it is not surprising that good hurdlers do not hit their full stride until college competition or beyond. Just such a hurdler was Dick Bruggeman. A 1965 graduate of Marion Elgin High School, Dick used the lessons taught by Coach Dale Kinsell to set school records in the 120yd high hurdles, the 180yd low hurdles, and the 440yd dash. At the 1965 State Meet, his fourth place in the 120yd HH and contribution to the Comets’ State Championship mile relay came up just short of the State Runner-up title in Class A Track & Field. From Elgin, Dick went to Ohio State where Coach Frank Zubovich took advantage of his emerging middle sprints protégé to dominate the Big Ten in the 440yd hurdles and the 600yd run. Dick won the Big Ten 440yd hurdle title in 1968 and the Runner-up title in 1969. In 1970, Dick took Runner-up honors in the 600yd run and set an Ohio State Indoor Track & Field record of 1:09.3. In addition to helping set another Ohio State record in the mile relay, Dick also garnered All-American honors in the 600yd run. Following his Ohio State career, Dick turned his focus to the 400M hurdles and national and international competition. With several key championship performances including a USTFF Championship, AAU Championship, and All-American honors in the 400M, the 1972 Olympic Trials followed. At the Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Dick finished 2nd to make the US Olympic Team that would later travel to Munich. Dick’s lifetime best of 48.6 was, at the time, the #4 fastest time ever run. Dick continued to compete in the 400M hurdles after Munich, and in 1975, was a member of the first U.S. National Track and Field Team that toured the People’s Republic of China. Today, Dick resides in Powell, Ohio.

Anissa Campbell (2018)
Anissa Campbell

In 1991, when Anissa Campbell was a freshman, she lost a 100M race. It was the StateChampionships and she took home the Runner-up title that year, but that was it—she never lostanother one. Not at any level—not a qualifying heat, not in duals or invitationals, and not at the State Championships. Under the guidance of Coach Tim Thomas, the Ironton High School sprinter quicklyestablished herself as a “force” on the track and she would go on to win five State Championship titlesover the next three years of her career, three of them in the 100M. She won the 100M as a sophomoreand repeated as a junior, but it was her senior year when she truly made her mark on StateChampionship history by winning three titles in the 100M, 200M, and 4 x 100M relay. The thirtypoints scored that day by Ironton tied them with Bay Village for the State Runners-up team title, theonly State title in Ironton history. Other championship performances her senior year included winningthe 55M dash at the Ohio Indoor Classic and winning the Midwest Meet of Champions 100M. At theMidwest Meet, she also anchored the winning 4 x 100M relay for Team Ohio. Her school records in the100M (11.81), 200M (25.00), and 4 x 100M relay still stand. From Ironton, Anissa took her talents tothe University of Tennessee where she helped the Volunteers place at the NCAA Championships in the4 x 100M relays. In 1996, they placed 8th and earned All-American honors. In 1997, with three of thesame foursome returning, the Lady Vols ran a 44.07 to earn 3rd place and once again takeAllAmerican honors home to Knoxville. Anissa’s senior year (1998) would see her set personal bests inthe 100M (11.62) and the 200M (23.97) In 2014, Anissa became the first female athlete to be inductedinto the Ironton High School Hall of Fame. Anissa currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Jeff Howard (2018)
Jeff Howard

The first rule of hunting for a coaching job: "Never follow the legend." But—when Stan Stammen capped his 32 year coaching career with his induction into the Hall of Fame (Class of 2006), Jeff Howard picked up the reins of Woodridge cross country and a cocoaching role in track and over the past 19 years has continued a tradition of excellence few programs can ever hope to achieve. The respect that Jeff holds for the program, his predecessors, the tradition, and the sport has carried over to every aspect of the program and infused an enthusiasm for running that has become a Woodridge "way of life." He has shared this expertise with coaches as a speaker at several local and state clinics and with athletes while serving as the MidEast XC coach from 2008-10 and as a Midwest TF coach in 2012. He was chosen to represent Ohio as the NFHS Coach of the Year in 2013-14 and was named the Boys Cross Country Mideast Region (a region covering eight states) Coach of the Year. And yes—his teams have won. The Bulldogs have had 293 athletes qualify to the State Championships with 116 earning All-Ohio honors and several of them earning State Champion titles. They have won a combined 23 District titles, 15 Regional Championships and have been the cross country State Champion on eight occasions including a five year consecutive streak in boys Division II (‘06-’10), and in 2016, a sweep of the boys’ and girls’ titles. The 2010 boys’ track team also garnered a State Runnerup title and the boys 4 x 800M relay still holds the State Record at 7:37.43 set in 2011. The Bulldogs’ appearances at the 2017 State Cross Country Championship marked the 14th time the boys and the girls teams have qualified to this level of competition. It was also the 14th consecutive trip for the boys and 13th for the girls. Additionally, the girls rank 9th in all-time appearances at the State Meet tied with Cleveland Hts. Beaumont. Jeff continues to coach and teach at Woodridge and he and his family live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Beth Hubans (Weyer) (2018)
Beth Hubans

Coach Gary Lill used to kind of joke about how he was never a thrower, but it never seemed to stop him from producing great throwers at the State Championships, and Beth Weyer (now Hubans) was one of the best. A great all around athlete—she was a six time varsity award winner in volleyball and basketball as well as team captain and MVP in both sports—Track & Field was where she made her mark at the State Championship level. Coming out of Sandusky St. Mary’s High School, Beth dominated the throwing events in Northwest Ohio during her high school years of competition. Her Sandusky Bay Conference championship as a freshman was the first victory she would earn at the league level of competition and she became the first girl to win the SBC in all four years of competition. In her sophomore year, she won the Regional discus championship title on her way to winning her first of four State Championship titles. Her junior and senior years, she added the shot put to her agenda and won the Regional discus and shot put titles in both years. Beth took the State Champion title in discus for the second and third times in those two years and also won the shot put her junior year. Her senior year, she was the State Runner-up in the shot put. The four time State Champion went on to win the discus at the Midwest Meet of Champions in 1997 and also took 4th in the shot put for Team Ohio winning her the MVP title.. Recruited by Kent State, Beth added the hammer and the weight throw to her event schedule and excelled at both. In 2002, she was the MAC discus champion and also took second in the hammer hitting the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in both events. At the conclusion of the season, she was named the KSU 2002 Outdoor TF Athlete of the Year. She was the Kent State and MAC record holder in the hammer throw as well as being currently ranked amongst KSU’s top ten all-time performances in the discus, the hammer, and the weight throw. Beth currently teaches for the Danbury Local Schools and is the Head Girls Track & Field Coach of the Lakers. She lives with her family in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Rachel Kinsman (Sauder) (2018)
Rachel Kinsman

Steve Prefontaine would have liked Rachel-not for the victories she won, but for the one taken away. In the long run, the rules that held him back faded away and it was his success on the track that made him special. It would have been easy for Rachel to let the negative define her, but that’s not the way of Champions. The rules that held her back faded away also, and now all we remember about her is the way she won on the track. Yes, Pre would have liked Rachel. Win she did. A dominant cross country and track runner coming out of Archbold High School, Rachel finished 7th, 2nd, 1st, and 1st at the Cross Country State Championships. In Track, she was a four time State Champion in the 1600M and repeated those four Championship titles in the 3200M. She also held the 3200M State Record from 1990-1997. Nobody could touch her. At Auburn, she went even faster winning All- American honors seven times, twice in cross country and five times in track. A two time SEC Champion in the 5,000M and two time Champion in the 10,000M, she chose to focus on the 10K taking 2nd at the NCAA Championships her junior year and 3rd in her senior year. She still holds Auburn’s 1500M record at 4:17.81 set in 1996 and is listed on the Tigers’ All-Time Performers list in the mile, the 3000M, and the 5000M. Professionally, Rachel ran the 5K and 10K Olympic Trials in 2000 and competed in the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2004 and 2008 with a personal best time of 2:37.51. She also has PR’s in the mile of 4:32, the 5K at 15:38, the 10K at 32:36, and the half marathon at 1:15:15. Her versatility and accomplishments in all of these events make her one of Ohio’s finest distance runners ever. Today, Rachel still lives in Archbold, Ohio.

Frank Russo (2018)
Frank Russo

Whether you know them as Cincinnati LaSalle, or by the technical name of the school, "La Salle" - if you have seen them run, you will remember them. During the 35 year period under the guiding hand of Frank Russo, they have established one of the most impressive championship resumés in Ohio high school cross country and track and field history—including 28 GCL Championships—and it is not one to be surpassed or forgotten any time soon. Following a successful high school career of his own, which culminated in a #4 individual State Championship finish and leading his Cincinnati Colerain team to their first ever State Championship title in 1978, Frank went on to Ohio State where he was a five time letterman in cross country and track and field. He was also the team captain of the Buckeyes in 1982 before returning to the Cincinnati area to begin building the Lancer dynasty. Frank has coached 281 athletes to the State Championship level of competition with 118 of them earning All Ohio honors including 19 State Champion individuals and relays. Frank has had four individual State Cross Country Champions including two-time winner, Allen Bader. La Salle has also had four individual Footlocker All-Americans as well as qualifying as a team to the Nike XC Nationals in 2006 where they finished 15th. Frank has served the OATCCC as a pollster for boys cross country and is the President of the Southwest Ohio TF/XC Coaches Association. He currently resides in Loveland, Ohio.

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