INDIANAPOLIS University of Alabama track & field legend Calvin Smith headlines a group of five inductees for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2007. The inductees, announced by USA Track & Field, also include Veteran athletes Glenn Morris and George Woods, as well as former UCLA coaching great Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake and Olympian Jane Frederick.
The Class of 2007 will be inducted Saturday evening, December 1, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF's 2007 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
"Induction into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor for our athletes and coaches, and these five special individuals richly deserve this recognition of their remarkable careers," said USATF President Bill Roe. "We look forward to honoring them in Honolulu as they take their well-earned place among the all-time greats of American track and field."
One of America's finest sprinters, Calvin Smith was a two-time World Outdoor Championships 200m gold medalist, the 1988 Olympic Games 100m bronze medalist and a former world record holder at 100 meters.
While with the Tide, Smith earned eight All-American honors and won the NCAA 200 meter championship in 1983. He also finished second to Alabama teammate Emmit King in the 1983 NCAA 100 meters race with a time of 10.16 to King’s 10.15. Smith also won the Southeastern Conference championship in 1983 with a time of 10.24 in the 100 meters, he won three other SEC titles as a member of relay teams.
Known for his smooth, efficient running style and his quiet demeanor, Smith was one of the finest 100m and 200m competitors in history. After completing his eligibility at the Capstone in the spring of 1983 he set the 100m world record of 9.93 seconds (on July 3, 1983), bettering the previous record set by Jim Hines that stood for almost 15 years. Later that summer, at the inaugural World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Smith won gold medals in the 200 meters and the 4x100m relay, in addition to the silver medal in the 100 meters.
At the 1987 World Outdoors in Rome, Smith successfully defended his world 200m title. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he won the gold medal in the 4x100m relay, teaming up with Sam Graddy, Ron Brown and Carl Lewis in setting the then world record of 37.83 seconds. Also in Olympic competition, Smith won the 100m bronze medal at the 1988 Games in Seoul, Korea. The 1982 USA Outdoor 200m champ, Smith was world-ranked 10 times at 100m, and world-ranked seven times at 200 meters (#1 in 1983) by Track & Field News.
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 or more; 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.