Nov. 5, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Jearl Miles-Clark, wife and pupil of UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark, has been elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, USA Track & Field announced on Thursday.
The Class of 2010, which also includes Dyrol Burleson, Roy Cochran, Ralph Craig and journalist James Dunaway, will be inducted Dec. 4 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. That event is held in conjunction with USATF's 2010 Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, Va.
A five-time Olympic team member and numerous national champion who was coached by her husband, Miles-Clark was one of the greatest combination 400m/800m runners in American track and field history. Dyrol Burleson was a two-time Olympic finalist in the 1,500 meters, who twice won the Olympic Trials. The 1948 Olympic Games gold medalist in the 400m hurdles, Roy Cochran was a world record holder in the 440y hurdles.One of the most accomplished sprinters in the early days of track and field in the U.S., Ralph Craig won the 100m and 200m gold medals at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, and held the world record in the 220y straight dash. Track and field journalist James Dunaway has covered every summer Olympic Games since 1956 and has written countless articles about the sport and its athletes that have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times. Dunaway was elected to the Hall of Fame in the Contributors category.
"Induction into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame is the greatest tribute anyone involved with our sport may achieve, and each member of the Class of 2010 richly deserves this honor," said USATF President and Chairman of the Board Stephanie Hightower. "Each of these remarkable individuals have made indelible and unique contributions to our sport, and we all look forward to honoring them as they take their rightful place in the Hall of Fame."
Also elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010 balloting was distance legend and three-time Olympic team member Craig Virgin, who is the only U.S. male athlete ever to win an individual World Cross Country Championships title (1980 & 1981). At his request, Virgin has deferred his induction into the Hall of fame until 2011, when the ceremony will be held in St. Louis, near his current home. The 1976 NCAA Cross Country champion while at the University of Illinois, Virgin set seven U.S. national records in road and track events.
About the National Track & Field Hall of Fame: There are four categories in which individuals may be voted into the Hall of Fame. Those categories are: Modern Athletes, retired less than 25 years; Veteran Athletes, retired more than 25 years; Coaches; and Contributors. Each category has its own selection committee that chooses the finalists from the list of nominations. Members of the selection committees examine the nominations and evaluate their merit based on objective criteria. Elections for Modern and Veteran athletes are held each year. Beginning in 2005, elections for Coaches are held in odd numbered years, with Contributors elections in even numbered years. Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Board and Committees and members of the media comprise the electorate for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
JEARL MILES-CLARK'S BIO
Born: September 4, 1966 in Gainesville, Fla.
In a career recognized for its excellence as well as its longevity, Jearl Miles-Clark achieved tremendous success in both the 400m and 800m. The 1993 World Outdoor champion, 1995 & 1997 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist and 1997 World Indoor champion at 400 meters, Miles-Clark was a two time Olympian in the 400m (1992 - 5th in semis & 1996 - 5th in final), and competed in the 800m at two Olympic Games (2000- 5th in semis & 2004 - 6th in final). A five-time Olympic Team member, Miles-Clark is a three-time Olympic 4x400m relay medalist (1992, silver, 1996 & 2000 gold), and she also won 4x400m relay medals at six World Outdoor Championships (1991 silver - 1993 gold - 1995 gold - 1997 silver - 1999 silver - 2003 gold). A six-time World Indoor Championships competitor, who captured the 400m gold medal in 1997 and bronze medals in 1993 and 1999, Miles-Clark won two 4x400m relay medals at that event (1991 bronze & 1997 silver). She won USA Outdoor 400m titles in 1993, '95, '97 & `02 and captured USA Outdoor 800m crowns in 1998, '99, '03 & '04. Posted the American women's outdoor 800m record three times including the current AR of 1:56.40 in 1999. Miles-Clark won USA Indoor 400m titles in 1993, `95 '97, '98 & `99 and captured the USA Indoor 800m title in 2001. She joined sisters-in-law Joetta Clark and Hazel Clark, all coached by J.J. Clark, in representing the U.S. in the 800 meters at the 2000 Olympiad.