3rd NC HS Track & Field and XC Hall of Fame Class Announced

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, DEC. 8, 2021 - The third class of the North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame will honor athletes, coaches and officials who have significantly impacted the sports on the high school level. 

Elected to the third class: 
Former indoor mile world record holder and 1975 Pan Am Games 1500-meter champion Tony Waldrop (Polk Central); Olympian

2-time World Junior Champion and six-time Track & Field News High School All-American Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School)

U.S. Junior Champion and 5-time Track & Field News High School All-Amerian Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte Harding)

2014 Track & Field News and National High School Coaches Association National High School Track & Field Athlete of the Year Trentavis Friday (Cherryville)

2006 Track & Field News High School National Athlete of the Year and 2006 USATF Youth Track & Field Athlete of the Year Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh)

DePaul Mittman (Western Guilford), who has contributed immensely to the sport as a coach and official, as well as founding and leading the North Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association and serving as volunteer director/coordinator for various national meets

Norman Trzaskoma (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds), a 7-time state championship coach who the Forsyth County Track & Field Championships is now named (Norman Trzaskoma Inv.). 

A statewide committee of 20 track and field and cross country coaches, officials and media representatives who cover the sport extensively nominated and elected the class. 

The induction ceremony will be Jan. 29 in Winston-Salem during the Mondo Elite High School Invitational at the JDL Fast Track, which will also house the Hall of Fame. Each subsequent elected class will also be held at a meet during the indoor track season at JDL Fast Track. 

"North Carolina has had state championships in track and field since 1913, and has had indoor track meets since 1922, when the first meet was held at the old Star Brick Warehouse in Durham, and we've had cross country meets since 1929 when Winston-Salem High (R.J. Reynolds) dominated the sport, so we're far behind on recognizing those who have accomplished so much and given so much to the sport. That's our goal, to honor those who have helped make this sport so great in North Carolina, and these first three classes are a collection of some of the best athletes, coaches and contributors in the history of our sport." Brett Honeycutt, N.C. High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame Founder. 

Interviews From The 2020 Class

Interviews From The Inaugural Class





*17 state titles (12 outdoors, 5 indoors), one of the most state titles by a male athlete in North Carolina history (would likely have won more, but he was injured the day before the state meet his junior year). 

*4-time State Meet MVP (3 outdoor, 1990, 1991, 1993; 1 indoor, 1992)

*4 state meet records (2 in outdoor, 4x100 and 4x200) and 2 indoors (60-yards, 300-yards) 

---During outdoor track, he won 12 3A state titles, with 3 in the 100 meters (1990, 1991, 1993 -- in 10.59, 10.57 and 10.54); 3 in the 200 meters (1990, 1991 and 1993 -- in 21.51, 21.23 and 21.24); 2 in the 4x100 relay (1990, 1991); 3 in the 4x200 relay (1990, 1991, 1993) and 1 in the 4x400 relay (1993), while winning the N.C. 3A state meet MVP 3 times (1990, 1991, 1993) and setting 2 state meet records (4x200, 1:25.35 in 1991; 4x100, 42.16, 1990). 

---During indoor track, he won 5 all-classification NCHSAA state titles, with 1 in the 60-yard dash (1992), 1 in the 300-yard dash (1992) and 3 in the 4x400 relay (1990, 1991, 1992), while earning the all-classification state meet MVP in 1992 after setting 2 state meet records (6.34 in the 60-yard dash; 31.7 in the 300-yard dash). He also helped set a state meet record indoors in 1991, in the 4x400 relay (3:29.6). 

*Helped High Point Andrews to 4 state team titles -3A outdoor track in 1990, 1991 and 1993, and all-classification indoor track in 1992. 



*National High School Coaches Association National Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014) 

*Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014) 

*High School Track Yearbook Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014 - only two other N.C. boys have ever won the award). 

*National High School 100-meter record holder and USA Junior (19-under) Championships record holder (10.00). Both records still stand. 

*Track & Field News All-American, 100 meters (2014) and 200 meters (2014) 

*Set 1 all-class NCHSAA state meet record (100 meters, 10.39) 

*Set 7 NCHSAA 1A state meet records in the 100, 200 and 400, all of which still stand today. 

* North Carolina Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014). 

*Won 8 NCHSAA Championship outdoor tack titles total; 2012 (400 meters); 2013 (100, 200, 400); 2014 (100, 200, 400, 4x400-meter relay) 

*Won 3 individual NCHSAA championships two straight years: 2013 and 2014 (100, 200, 400). 

*His PRs of 10.00 (100 meters) and 20.03 (200 meters) are still the all-time best performances in North Carolina history (and his 46.97 in the 400 meters is tied for 10th best all-time). 

*His times of 10.17 (100 meters) and 20.33 (200 meters) were the best times in the nation during the high school regular season. 

*Ran 10.00 in the 100 meters at U.S. Junior (19-under) Championships in 2014 to set the national high school record. 

*NCHSAA 1A State meet MVP, 2013 and 2014. 



*6-time Track & Field News All-American in 3 events (200 meters, 2016; 100-meter hurdles, 2014, 2015, 2016; 300-meter hurdles, 2015, 2016) 

*2-time World Junior (19-under) Champion (400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay, as a high school senior, 2016) 

*Pam Am Champion, 400-meter hurdles (as a high school junior, 2015) 

*All-time World Junior (19-under) Top-10 ranking (No. 10, 400-meter hurdles, 55.20) 

*All-time U.S. Junior (19-under) Top-10 ranking (No. 5, 400-meter hurdles, 55.20) 

*All-time top-10 national high school ranking in 2 events (No. 3 in 400-meter hurdles; No. 10 in indoor 200 meters) 

*No. 1 ranked all-time in North Carolina history in 3 events (100-meter hurdles, 13.17; 300-meter hurdles, 40.42; 400-meter hurdles, 55.20). 

*16-time NCISAA state champion (100 meters, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; 200 meters, 2016; 100-meter hurdles, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; 300-meter hurdles, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; 4x100-meter relay, 2013; 4x400-meter relay, 2014, 2015) 



*U.S. Junior (19-under) Champion in the shot put (2006) as a high school senior 

*5-time Track & Field News All-American (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 in shot put; and 2005 in discus) 

*North Carolina Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2005) 

*Led nation in indoor shot put, 2005, 2006, 2007, and outdoor shot put, 2006, 2007 

*6-time high school national champion in shot put (3 outdoors, 3 indoors in 2005, 2006 & 2007) 

*8-time NCHSAA outdoor track state champion (4 in the shot put, 4 in the discus, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) 

*2-time NCHSAA indoor track state champion (2 in the shot put, 2004, 2007) 

*Still holds all-time North Carolina records in the indoor (52-6.5) and outdoor (52-2) shot put 

*Still holds NCHSAA state meet records in the indoor (48-11.75) and outdoor (51-3.5) shot put 

*Graduated ranked No. 1 all-time in the shot put (still No. 1) and No. 1 in the discus (162-10, still No. 3 all-time). 



*2006 Track & Field News Athlete of the year (only one other N.C. girl has ever won the award) 

*2006 USATF Youth Track & Field Athlete of the Year 

*3-time Track & Field News All-American in 2006 (100 meters, 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles) 

*Led nation in the 100 and 200 meters, 2006 

*U.S. Junior (19-under) 200-meter champion (22.88 seconds, 2006) 

*2-time North Carolina Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2006 and 2007) 

*4-time NCHSAA state meet MVP (3 outdoor, 4A, 2005, 2006, 2007; 1 indoor, 2006) 

*NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year, 2007 (for all sports) 

*13-time NCHSAA 4A state champion (all 13 were individual titles) 

---Won 9 state outdoor track titles (100 meters in 2006, 2007; 200 meters in 2006, 2007; 100 hurdles in 2005, 2006, 200); and the 300 hurdles in 2005, 2006). She won all four at the 2006 4A girls' outdoor meet and won 3 state titles in 2007 (100, 200, 100 hurdles) and 2 titles in 2005 (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

---Won 4 NCHSAA state indoor titles (55 meters, 55-meter hurdles, 300 meters all in 2006, setting state meet records in each event. She also won the 55 meters in 2007). 



*Set the world indoor mile record of 3:55.0 in 1974 

*Six-time All-American at the University of North Carolina 

*2-time NCAA champion (NCAA indoor 1,000-yard title, 1973; NCAA indoor mile title in 1974) 

*Won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1975 Pan Am Games while in college 

*Won the mile at the prestigious Penn Relays in 1974. 

*In high school, he won 3 NCHSAA state outdoor titles in the 880 yards (1969), and mile (1968 and 1970). *Before high school national meets were prevalent, his times of 1:53 and 4:18 were incredible considering he ran those at the 1A/2A state meet an on inferior surfaces. 



*History teacher and coach for 23 years at Western Guilford High School.   

*Served as the NCHSAA state meet director (1999-2009); currently the state meet coordinator. 

*Co-founded the North Carolina Track & Cross-Country Coaches Association in 2001, serving as clinic director from its inception, until 2015 

*Volunteer coordinator for national meets, including the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, USATF National Junior Olympic Championships, and 2019 AAU National Championship 

*16 conference track Coach of the Year honors 

*15 conference team track titles 

*11 teams finished in Top 5 at the NCHSAA state meet 

*NCHSAA 3A State Champion: 1999 

*NCHSAA 3A State Association 3A State Runner-up 2000 

*NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A indoor track runner up, 2008 

*8 NCHSAA regional track titles 

*2 Midwest 2A regional titles, 2004, 2005 

*2 All-American track athletes 

*64 all-state track athletes 

*16 individual state track champions 



*Won 7 NCHSAA state titles over a large span of time (in cross country and track) 

*Led teams to 5 consecutive NCHSAA cross country state titles (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978), then back-to-back NCHSAA track and field titles in 2005 (outdoor) and 2006 (indoor) 

*His longevity and varied greatness is difficult on any level for any sport 

*NCHSAA Coach of the Year, 2009 

*Coached in Forsyth County for nearly 40 years, with 35 years at R.J Reynolds.

*The Forsyth County Championships were renamed the Norman Trzaskoma Invitational in honor of him and his long success in Forsyth County and in North Carolina 

*Inducted into Evangel University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, and was the school's first four-year letter winner in cross country and track and field.