Penn Relays names Wall of Fame inductees

Tony Darden, a former sprinter at Norristown High, is the headliner of the Penn Relays' Wall of Fame inductees this year.

As a junior in high school in the mid-1970s, Darden was named the outstanding male high school track athlete at the meet. His most memorable Penn Relays performance came as an Arizona State sprinter in 1977.

Darden led the Sun Devils to victories in the 4x100-meter, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. All three teams' times were meet records.

Among the other stars selected for Wall of Fame honors were Tennessee hurdler turned Chicago Bears wideout Willie Gault, Maryland thrower Marita Walton, and Penn State thrower Lee Talbott.

The Georgetown, Villanova and Mount St. Mary's 1987 distance medley relay teams also were honored, as was the 1983 Seat Pleasant (Md.) Central High girls' 4x400 squad.

Senior Penn Relays officials vote on inductees to the Wall of Fame at Franklin Field.

Herb Douglas will headline the honorary officials at the 113th Penn Relays, which will begin Tuesday with the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. The first full day of track and field events will be Thursday.

The bronze medalist in the long jump at the 1948 London Olympics, Douglas will be the honorary carnival referee.

In 1942, Douglas ran on the winning Championship of America 4x100 relay team for Xavier University at Penn. The Louisiana school became the first historically black college to win a major event at the Penn Relays.

East Carolina coach Bill Carson will serve as the honorary college referee. Uniondale (N.Y.) High boys' coach Dennis Kornfield is the honorary high school boys' referee, while Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High coaches Art and Linda Kranick will serve as the honorary girls' referees.

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