Named To The USTFCCCA Hall Of Fame
On December 18 the national coaches group will add the following mentors to its Hall of Fame: Artis Davenport, Karen Dennis, Ron Mann, Damon Martin, John McNichols and Dan Pfaff.
Died: Nicholas Bett, 28
On August 8, in Nandi County, Kenya; in a car crash. The surprise ’15 WC gold medalist in the 400 hurdles at 47.79, he World Ranked No. 3 that year, and No. 6 the following season.
Died: Jim Neidhart, 63
On August 14, in Wesley Chapel, Florida, after a seizure caused him to fall and strike his head. Set a California prep record in the shot at 69-3¾ in ’73, moving to No. 6 on the all-time list. Ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in ’75, the year he threw his PR 65-1½ (19.85). He dabbled in football, but his biggest claim to fame came as “The Anvil” when he wrestled in the WWE.
Died: Willy Rasmussen, 80
On August 12 in Asker, Norway. The 2-time Olympic javelinist was 5th in the ’60 Games. Was a 4-time World Ranker with a high of No. 5 in ’61. His PR of 276-2 (84.18) with the old implement that year made him No. 8 on the all-time world list. □