Arkansas coach, six others to enter track Hall

Updated: November 4, 2005, 8:58 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach John McDonnell, whose teams have won 41 NCAA championships, was named as one of seven people who will be inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 at Jacksonville, Fla.

USA Track and Field announced the selections Thursday in New York.

The honorees, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom and long jump world record holder Mike Powell, will be inducted Dec. 1. The Hall of Fame is located in New York.

McDonnell took over the Razorbacks' cross country program in 1972, and the track program in 1978. He has been named NCAA coach of the year 29 times. Arkansas athletes have won 105 NCAA event titles under McDonnell.

He said he first learned of his selection last month.

"I was thrilled," McDonnell said. "It hadn't crossed my mind that it would happen. ... It's a great honor."

Other honorees this year are two-time Olympic shot put bronze medalist Jim Fuchs, Olympic shot put bronze medalist Earlene Brown, Olympian Wes Santee and hurdler Fred Wolcott.


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