The sport of track and field lost one of its pioneers on Thursday night.
Howard Schmertz, longtime meet director of the Millrose Games in New York City, and a 2012 inductee into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, died at the age of 88.
Along with his father, Howard Schmertz played a prominent role in the development of track and field in America, especially surrounding the annual Millrose Games.
Howard Schmertz served as meet director of the Millrose Games from 1975 to 2003, helping the event grow into the most iconic indoor track and field meet in the
When Texas A&M track and field coach Pat Henry heard that the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships would be held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus through the year 2021, he took immediate action.
Henry, now in his 28th season of coaching, called his real estate agent.
“I wanted to make sure I had some kind of property out there,” Henry said. “Since I’m going to be there for the next eight years, I might as well invest some dollars.”
Henry was joking, of course, but it didn’t take away from his belief, one that is