2016 IATCCC Hall of Fame Inductees

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Fred Blanks
Fort Wayne Northrop

Talia Barwick
Fort Wayne Northrop

Kevin Craig

Fort Wayne Wayne

Rene’ Matison

Gary Roosevelt

Marcia Carpenter

Vanneisha Ivy

Muncie Central

Gustin Smith

Concordia Lutheran

Floyd Theus

Gary Roosevelt



Daniel Stockberger


Willie Lewis

Gary Tolleston

Contributor Category



James Harris

Gary Roosevelt

Ken Miller

Fort Wayne North Side



Lee Reedus

Gary Roosevelt




Fred Blanks - Northrop

Frederick Blanks is a native of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and graduate of South Side High School.  He was an All-State runner for South Side under (HOF) Coach Bill Walker and Coach Ron Fecher.  He continued his running career at the University of Louisville.  Frederick has been in administration and head track coach at Northrop High School for over 35 year.  Initially he was head coach for boys cross country from 1986-1994, and girls head track coach from 1986-1998.  Later he became boys head track coach in 2007.  During his coaching career at Northrop High School, Coach Blanks guided his team to 21 Summit Athletic Conference Championships; 15 Sectional Championships; 11 Regional Championships; 2 State Runner-Up finishes; and 1 State Championship. Coach Blanks was named ICGSA District Coach of the Year from 1990-1992; ICGSA State Coach of the Year from 1991-1992; and IATCCC State Coach of the Year in 1991.  Coach Blanks has coached 28 All-State athletes; 11 individual State Champions; 5 individual state runners-up; 2 State Championship relay teams; 2 State Runner-up relay teams; 3 High School All-Americans; 2 Indiana Gatorade Athletes of the Year; and 2 athletes that were three time State Champions

Marcia Carpenter - Wawasee

A pioneer in Indiana’s Girls Athletics Association (GAA) and charter member of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association, Marcia Carpenter worked nearly 20 years as a mentor, coach and as an Assistant Athletic Director to create a level, competitive playing field for girls to develop leadership, sportsmanship, and excellence as athletes and as women. As Wawasee’s first and only state team champion coach, Carpenter led her team through 4 Sectional Championships and 3 Regional Championships culminating in the Indiana Girls State Track Championship in 1976. Her team broke state records in the 100 yard dash, 220 yard dash and the 440 yard relay. Standout Lorene Spearman went on to hold the national high school 220 yard dash record. In this same period, Carpenter coached Wawasee’s highly successful gymnastics program which also produced multiple champion athletes.

Carpenter’s formula for success included hard work, self-respect, and teamwork while modeling ladylike behavior. Her athletes have gone on to lead teams of their own on the playing field, at home, and in business fulfilling the early promise of experience gained through competition and opportunity. More than records and titles, Carpenter’s legacy is written in the confident lives of her teams and the institutions she helped found and nurture.

Talia Barwick - Ft Wayne Northrop - 1998

I was first introduced to track and field in sixth grade.  I remember going to a meeting with Coach Stephans at Shawnee Middle School in Ft. Wayne and hearing him say that he 400 meter run was “The hardest race on the track”.  Based on that description, that’s the race I raised my hand for.  From there on, I always stepped up to the challenge.  By eighth grade, I was conference champion and a name people were starting to recognize.  My freshman year, Coach Blanks had me in the 300 meter hurdles all season, as my main event.  Right before Sectionals, he asked me to switch to the 800 meter run due to him being afraid I would trip and not make it to the state meet in the 300 hurdles.  Rising the challenge, I agreed.  I ended up winning Sectionals and Regionals and placing 6th in the State.  Sophomore year, after defeating mononucleosis, I placed 4th in State, winning Sectionals and Regionals.  My junior year, I was not able to compete.  This was very upsetting and gave me a lot of drive to train for my senior year.  Rising to the challenge my senior year, I was State Champion in the 800 meter run along with runner-up in the 1600 meter run and medaling the 4x400 (anchor) as well.  I competed in the Midwest Meet of Champions, where I was team captain and place 1st the 800 meter turn and 3rd in the 4x400 (anchor).  I then went on to compete in the National Scholastic Meet in Boston, MA, where I placed 5th in the 800 meter run.  This earned me a full athletic scholarship to Indiana State University.  I now reside with my husband and three children in Hendricks County.

Vanneisha Ivy - Muncie Central - 2006

Vanneisha Monique Ivy was born October 26, 1987 in Muncie, IN to her parent’s Richard and Pamela Ivy. As a young athlete, Ivy earned 15 varsity letters while at Muncie Central High School, competing in soccer, basketball, track and field, and cheerleading. As a Central Bearcat Ivy's accomplishments include East Central Indiana Spring Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years ('04, '05, '06) giving her the nickname the "Queen of the Track," North Central Conference Female Athlete of the Year ('06), four-time First Team All-State (Track and Field: '03, '04, '05, '06), three time State Champion in the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles, State record holder in the 100 hurdles (13.96), and North Central Conference Honors in basketball and soccer. Ivy continued her command as she studied and competed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Tar Heel, Ivy's notable achievements include four-time NCAA All-American, two-time 60mh All-American ('09, '10), two time 100mh All-American ('09, '10), UNC school record holder (60mh 8.10  100mh 13.06), three time All-Atlantic Coast Conference ('07, '09, '10), third fastest 60m Dash in UNC history (7.48- '09), fifth fastest indoor 200m Dash time in UNC history (23.95- '09), and four time USA Championship Qualifier. After receiving a B.A. in Elementary Education, Ivy pursued a professional track and field career. At 5'2", Ivy earned first runner-up in 2012 USA Indoor National Championship (60mh) and competed at the 2012 World Indoor Championship (60mh) in Istanbul, Turkey. Presently, she is a fourth grade teacher, founding a girls empowerment program called Foust First Ladies (FFL). In addition, Ivy earned a "High Growth" Badge ('13, '14, '15) given to Mission Possible School teachers whose students exhibit more than a year's worth of growth in one school year. Ivy is continuing higher education at UNCG pursuing a Masters of Education (MEd) in Reading Education and Administration.

Kevin Craig - FW Wayne - 1998

2-Time State Champ '95 in 200 at 21.80, '98 in 100 at 10.56; State Runner-Up '97 in 100 at 10.85

Only sprinter to win the 200m dash as a freshman. All-state in the 100 three times, 200 three times and the

4x100 relay two times. Voted the Track & Field Amateur of the Year for the state of Indiana his senior year.

Gustin Smith - FW Concordia Lutheran - 2000

Gustin was a 7 time All-State sprinter from Fort Wayne Concordia High School under head coach Kent Fishel. He was a state champion in the 400 meter dash in his senior year of 2000 in his first to ever compete in the event. This was also the first year he ever ran the 400 meters under the tutelage of Coach Brad Peterson. His time of 47.65 put him among the fastest ever for Indiana 400 runners in history. He was on three different 400 relay teams to place in the top 3 at the state meet, including 1999 when he was on the state champion relay team of 41.39, one of best times in state history. He was also all state in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash over the course of his career. In 1998, he jumped a height of 6' 8.25" in the high jump at the USATF Regional Championships. He reluctantly dabbled in the 800 meters indoors with a personal best of 1:55, also the first year he ever attempted this event. He was also on the All-American 3200 meter relay team in 2000 at Nike Indoor Nationals for Concordia with a time of 7:56 as well as competing in the 60 meter dash, making him one of the most versatile athletes in the state of Indiana. 

He also helped lead Concordia to its first ever and only state championship in school history in any sport when they won the state track and field meet in 1999. This still stands to this day. He was also on the state runner-up team in 1997. Additionally, they were 7th in 1998 and 13th in 2000. Gustin and Rolando Scott (2015 HOF inductee) were the stalwarts of the program for those four years of excellence. 

While competing as a student athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was a member of 5 Big Ten Championship Teams both Indoor and Outdoor. He was a 7 time All-Big Ten sprinter and 2 time All-American. In 2002, he earned All-Big Ten Honors in 200 meter dash, 400, and 1600 meter relays respectively. He anchored the 400 meter relay team to a time of 39.82 qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, LA. He was also a team USA member competing in the 2002 NACAC Championships. In 2003, he earned All-Big Ten Honors in the 400 meter dash, 400 & 1600 meter relays. He ran a leg on the 1600 meter relay team that qualified for the NCAA Championships in the inaugural year of the regional system. 

In 2005, he relocated to Southern California to compete post collegiately. Coached by Bob Kersee he jumped an indoor personal best of 25'5.5" in the Long Jump in 2008, the 12th best mark in the United States. In 2009 he then trained at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA under coaches Dan Pfaff & Tonie Campbell.  He now resides in Los Angeles, CA where he works as a Photo Elements Coordinator for the CBS show NCIS: New Orleans. 

Daniel Stockberger – McCutcheon - 2007

2-Time State Champ in 800 1:53.16 in '06 and 1:52.67 in '07.  Also placed 6th at '06 state CC helping team to podium finish.  At Indiana University: All-American – Indoor DMR 2010, 2011 and 2012, All-Big Ten – 1500 meter 4th place – 3:42.98, Academic All-Big Ten Indoor – 3 times, Outdoor – 3 times  

Ken Miller – Fort Wayne North Side

Ken has contributed to the development of the IATCCC and to development of Indiana high school track and field for over 50 years. He ran track at both Southport High School and Ball State University, and then went on to coach high school track and field at Muncie Central, Muncie Northside, and Fort Wayne North Side. Upon his retirement, he continued to be involved in many aspects of the sport.
In 1963 he started teaching at Muncie Central H.S. He was Jim Lambert’s assistant coach in track and cross country. Together they developed a program in cross country that produced a State Championship in 1967. In addition, they developed an outstanding program in track which led to numerous young men that qualified and/or won state championships.
In the summer of 1970, Ken transferred to the new Muncie Northside H.S, and continued his efforts to develop a successful track and cross country program. It is noted that when Northside opened it did not have four grades. In-spite of having a limited number of juniors and no seniors, Northside was able to win the prestigious Muncie Relays in the spring of 1971. This was only the start of a program that almost immediately produced young men who qualified and/or won state championships in track and cross country. Consistently, the cross country teams competed successfully in outstanding meets and in the State Finals.

While at Northside, Ken not only worked with his athletes, but he realized that some of the female athletes had tremendous potential, but next to no coaching. Ken was able to develop a training program which produced several state championships for Christy Rogers in distance events. He did this with no recognition —he did it simply because he saw an athlete with great potential who could become a champion with coaching and training.
In approximately 1976, Ken moved to Fort Wayne, IN, where he coached and taught at Fort Wayne North Side. Again, he assisted in taking the program forward in both cross country and track.
Further, Ken served as a television analyst and commentator for the Indiana High School State Track Finals for several years. He was able to add his insight and experience to assist the announcers who did not have his background or knowledge in track events and track meets.
For approximately the past 20 years, Ken has contributed to numerous track meets as a clerk of the course or in any other areas that he was needed. This would include his leadership and involvement in the Hoosier Relays which became the Hoosier State Relays, the Midwest Meet of Champions and numerous other track meets in northern Indiana. Also, Ken has continued to work with Ball State University as a clerk for the MAC Conference meets and regular season meets. In the past, he worked with Indiana University in clerking meets and assisting in other areas.
In addition, Ken has taken on a project for the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame by collecting numerous track and cross country uniforms for display at the HOF. In many cases, some of the schools had closed or had been consolidated several years prior. Based on his contacts in the track and cross country community, he has located numerous uniforms that will be displayed—it has almost become an obsession with him. Again, it demonstrates his commitment to the rich heritage of Indiana High School sports of track, field, and cross country.

Rene’ Matison – Gary Roosevelt - 1964

Rene’ was captain of the 1964 Gary Roosevelt State Champion Team and had previously anchored the 1963 state championship mile relay.  In 1964 after an undefeated season, Rene’ placed 3rd in the 440 yard dash and anchored the 2nd place mile relay, his only 2 defeats of the year.  Later that summer he was a USTFF gold medalist. 

Rene’ also anchored the Hoosier Relays Mile Relay Record in 1964 at 3:25.7 and is still #25 all-time 400/440 time in Indiana at 47.8, being the first Indiana High Schooler under 48 seconds.

Rene’ went on to a standout career for 4 years at the University of New Mexico, where he was a 2-time All American.  He still holds the the UNM school record in the 100 yard dash at 9.4. 
Rene’ was recognized by teammates and rivals as a true friend and team player, Rene’ often sacrificed running events to allow fellow teammates the chance to shine. 

Floyd Theus – Gary Roosevelt - 1960

The talented yet unheralded, Floyd Theus, won 2 events and set 2 state records at the 1960 state track meet on the cinder track at Arsenal Tech High School.  Running as an undefeated senior, Floyd became the first Indiana High Schooler to break the 49 second barrier, with his record setting time of 48.9 seconds.  Floyd was also named a 1960 Scholastic All-American. 

His second record of the day came as he anchored the mile relay.  He moved from 3rd to 1st on the backstretch and is said to have split 45 flat.  This also sealed the 1960 team title for Gary Roosevelt.  

Floyd earned a full track scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, but ruptured his hamstring while winter training, which ended his career. 

Willie Lewis – Gary Tolleston - 1963

Willie Lewis was a 2-time state champion in which he also set state records.  As a junior Willie ran the lead off leg for the Tolleston mile relay which broke the state meet record by 5.8 seconds.  He was also named a Scholastic All-American that season. 

As a senior at the state meet, Willie ran the 440 and the mile relay.  He won the 440 in a new state record time of 48.2 which was the 2nd fastest time in the nation that year which again earned him Scholastic All-American honors.  He anchored the Tolleston mile relay to a 2nd place finish after getting the baton in 5th. 

Willie was recognized as the consummate team player, relinquishing individual success as an underclassman to the upperclassmen, in the interest of being with the first group of teammates in the buildup of Tolleston’s state runnerup finishes in ’62 and ’64, then their first title in ’66.

Willie attended Grambling College on a track scholarship.

James Harris – Gary Roosevelt - 1962

James was a 2-time state champion and individual record holder.  As a senior he won the 880 in 1:54.4, breaking the 1:55 barrier as he broke the state record by 1.2 seconds.  His record held for 4 years until broken by Gary Roosevelt athletes for 3 years in a row. 

This came after being the second leg on the National Scholastic leading mile relay with a time of 3:15.7 in 1961, which was 2nd all-time in the nation at the time.  The time is still in the top 4 in Indiana history.  His second position was Coach Don Leek’s theory of getting his fastest runner an extra 10 yards at the beginning and end of his leg to maximize his speed.  They did not win the state meet due to the outstanding record breaking performance of Tolleston that year, but were a close 2nd.

Lee Reedus – Gary Roosevelt - 1965

Lee was a 2-time state champion in 1964.  He won the 100 yard dash in 9.9 seconds and anchored the winning 880 yard relay to a come from behind victory over Froebel to secure the ’64 team title for Roosevelt.  As a senior, Lee earned 3 state medals with 3rd in the 100, 2nd in the 220, and 3rd in the 880 relay.  He had run 9.7 in the regionals, but lost to Tolleston’s Tom Nichols at the state meet after beating him all season. 

Lee was recognized by teammates and rivals as a consummate team player.  After high school Lee attended North Carolina Central College.