Drake Relays Adds Four to Officials Wall of Honor

first_imgDes Moines, Iowa – At the annual Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Officials Reception on Sunday, April 3, 2016, the Relays Committee inducted four officials and volunteers to the Officials Wall of Honor including Wayne Fleishman, David Groen, Bud Legg and David Metz with a combined total of 122 years of Relays experience.The Wall of Honor was established in 1993, thanks to the family of Ray McAdam, a 40-year Relays official who passed away in 1993. His son, Scott, has been a Drake Relays official since 1969 and serves as the head judge for the throwing events. Wayne Fleishman worked as a marshal for the Drake Relays from 1988 until retiring in 2013 as an official.  He coached varsity girl’s track for 17 years for the Carlisle Wildcats and worked indoor and outdoor meets as an official at UNI as well.  Fleishman remembered sitting on the timers stand with 3 inches of snow covering the officials in 1994, chatting with Gwen Torrence while they waited for Carl Lewis to run.An official since 1990, Dr. David Groen currently officiates the horizontal jumps, but started as an umpire.  Groen attended his first Drake Relays in 1975 to watch his sister run the 220 yard dash and that’s when he became a track and field fan.  While running for Sioux Center High School, he participated in the Drake Relays which then carried over to Iowa State. Coach Steve Lynn from Iowa State (2015 inductee into the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame), encouraged David to become an official and he’s been a mainstay ever since with memories of working with several long time Relays officials. Bud Legg is being honored for his 42 years of service to the Drake Relays in various capacities with the press box and splits crew.  He spent 35 years in education, served as an official and coached cross country and track and field.  Bud was recruited in 1974 by Mike Henderson for variety of duties at the Relays and has been a member of the split-timing and results crew ever since, currently working with Mike Jay.  He has also helped in the press box for girls and boys state track meets since 1974.  Bud recalled working alongside Jim Duncan, Mike Henderson and Paul Morrison. The final honoree is David Metz, a combined events official who has worked from 1988 to the present.  He became an official when his father-in-law, Jim Heikes, recruited him to help with the Adel crew.  He also officiates high school and junior high track meets in Indianola.  A favorite Drake Relays memory was watching his fraternity brother, Jeff Nielsen from Simpson College, run next to Herschel Walker in the men’s 100 meter dash, and he’s enjoyed many conversations with our talented officials. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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