The past weekend the MSTCA inducted five individual athletes and a relay team into the MSTCA Athlete Hall of fame. Listed below are a few paragraphs on each athlete and their accomplishments. A great job by Bob L'Homme and Fred Doyle for putting it all togehter.
Tiana Riel Wood is a 2004 graduate of Hopkinton High School. As an 8th grader she placed in the 300 Hurdles and triple jump in the State Divisional meet. As a freshman she won her first triple jump state title. As a sophomore she won the state pentathlon, repeated as triple jump champ, and added a state 100m hurdle title to her collection.
As a Junior she went on to win her third consecutive Triple Jump title. Her senior year, she thought she would mix it up a little and entered the long jump competition at the State meet. The event was new but the outcome was not! once again winning with a monster jump of 19’5.75” Indoors, she won state championships in the hurdles and 2 in the long jump. Her indoor hurdle time of 8.02 stood as the all-time State record until recently. She was also the best high jumper in the state, winning the Coaches Invitational the only time she entered clearing 5’6”. All of these talents led her to be one of the best multi events in the country. She went on to win the National Indoor pentathlon in New York and competed in the U.S National Jr. heptathlon in 2003. She was also a member of many state and divisional championship relay teams in the 4 X 100, 4 X 200, and 4 X 400. On top of all these individual accomplishments, her team won all 6 outdoor divisional team titles while she was on the team beginning in 7" grade.
Hopkinton also won 5 All- State titles in a row outdoors, beginning with her 8' grade team. Here is just a small sample of PR’s in High school. 5-6 1/2 HJ, 19-8 LJ, 33-2 SP, 39-0 TJ, 2:29 800m, and 14.50 in the 100m hurdles. Ending up at Boston College she scored 3857 pts in the pentathlon and 5333 in the Heptathlon. At this time we would like to introduce you to Tiana Riel Wood 2022 Athlete Hall of Fame.
Gloucester Distance Medley Team
The lead off leg of 1200m was run by Josh Palazola his 3:04.1 opening leg gave the Gloucester team the lead they needed. In his career at Gloucester he had PR”s of 4:16.84 in the mile 9:18.34 pr in the 2 mile and 3:53.31 for 1500m. Josh would now hand off to the 400m leg, Ngai Otieno. Ngai was A pure speedster, he had won a State Championship in the 55m at 6.57, a 22’ long jumper, and an outstanding football player! His 49.5pr split extended their teams lead. Ngai would hand the baton to the smooth striding Shawn Milne.
After college Shawn would go on to become a professional cyclist in road racing and raced throughout the world from 2005 to 2014. But on March 10, 2000 he was a half mile specialist, his 1:56.4 split in the 800m leg gave the anchor leg Tristan Colangelo a huge lead that was never relinquished, in fact the lead would just grow. His 4:09.9 anchor leg not only won the national title, but the Gloucester DMR team would become the first high school team in history to break 10 minutes in that race. Their National record stood for 17 years. Other accomplishments by Tristan included mile wins at the Dartmouth relays and a Milrose Mile champion. His open mile PR of 4:09.75 which still ranks as the #5 all time in Massachusetts history.
Our next inductee is Jackie Smith Halliday, a 1987 graduate of Randolph High School. Success came early and often for this talented speedster. As a freshman she set the National Freshman record running 6.15 in the 50y dash and the National Junior Record of 6.12. As a sophomore, she went undefeated in her sprint specialty, the 50y dash. And on the way she set a state record of 6.0 in the 50y dash. She would go on to win the Division 1 50y dash and at the time was the #2 ranked in the country. she also won the Eastern States Championships in New Jersey winning the 60m dash in 7.14. In her junior indoor campaign, she again dominated the dash and was basically untouchable during that indoor season. She won all of the statewide competitions. She set a state meet record with the fastest high school time ever in Massachusetts winning the 50y dash at MIT. As a senior, this outstanding sprinter completed a three-year sweep of the indoor state dash championship She would go on to the State Coaches meet where she would set yet another state record in the 55m dash with a blistering time of 7.10. That spring She would run and win the New England Championship in the100m with a time of 12.00 and her Randolph 4x100 team also won. Attending Northeastern University she was the American East Conference champion in 1991 in the 55m dash with a time of 6.98 and the New England Champion with a time of 6.93. She was the conference champion in the 100m in 1991 and 1992 with times of 12.14 and 11.70 respectively. She currently still holds the Northeastern school record in the 55m dash with a time of 6.93 and currently ranks #8 all time in the 100m in 11.68 #9 all time in the 200 in 24.51.
Our next inductee is Randall Scott King, Medford High School 1984. Accepting the award on his behalf is a good friend and a current MSTCA Athete hall of famer, Michael Green. Randy is one of Massachusetts’s all-time great long sprinters. Randy ran a brilliant 400 meters at the Indoor Championships at BU. In his breakthrough race the senior speedster blasted out of the blocks and won the race in 48.1 seconds, far surpassing anything previously run by a New England high-schooler. A week earlier at the State Coaches Meet, king had equaled the 300-yard record of 31.7 set by Brockton's Mike Sullivan in 1979 In 2006 he was inducted into the Medford High School Athletic Hall of Fame. High School All American Indoor 400m and 300m High School All American Outdoor 200m and 400m in 4-time Boston Globe All Scholastic Boston Globe Runner of the Year 1984, New England Record Holder as of 300 yards running 31.1 New England 200m record 21.01, State Champ 300 yds 1983/1984, State Champ 200m 1983/1984, State Champ Long Jump 20.10 1984 he ran the 2nd fastest 400 in New England History 46.89,
Our next inductee is Lance Campbell, Cambridge R&L class of 1987. Lance competed in nine seasons of Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track at CRLS. During those nine seasons, CRLS boys' Cross Country and track had an unprecedented run, winning multiple league, divisional and all-state championships. Lance was an integral member of twenty championship teams while competing for CRLS. No team in Massachusetts high school history had ever completed " the Triple Crown"- that is winning the state class and all-state championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. In 1987 that was accomplished for the 1st time in Mass. history by CRLS. Lance Campbell ran on all three of those teams. He was named to three Boston Globe and Boston Herald All- Scholastic teams. In his senior year he was the all-state champion in the 1000 yd. run indoors with a time of 2:16.60 and in outdoor the 880 yd. champion with a time of 1:53.50. He also ran on the undefeated state and all state mile relay championship teams. He culminated his exceptional high school career when he won the New England High School Championships and set a CRLS, Mass. high school and NE record! His time of 1:51.2 is the all-time Cambridge record and is still among the best ever run in Mass. After graduating Cambridge R&L Lance continued his cross country and track career at Westfield State University where the middle-distance standout earned two All-America honors, 14 All New England certificates, four Massachusetts State Conference championships, and was a six-time national qualifier in the 800 meter run.
Patty Murnane Nosack is our next Hall of Fame inductee. She was a member of the Swampscott High School class of 1978. As a senior in cross country Patty was undefeated in dual meets, was the Northeast Conference Champion, runner-up in the Northern Area Meet, 4th in the Division 2 Class Meet, and 7th in the All State Meet. She posted personal best times in the Mile (4:47.4), 1000 yards (2:34), 880 (2:11 -relay) and 440 (58.8) displaying strength at a variety of distances. Senior year she was the Division 2-XC Champion, 1st in the D2 Mile Indoors and Outdoors, and 3rd in the New England Indoor Mile where she set her PR (4:47.4). She capped off a fantastic year with a win in the Outdoor All State Meet Mile setting a new MA High School record. Patty furthered her academic and athletic career at Penn State University. she was the #3 runner on their National Championship XC team, Captain of XC and Indoor & Outdoor Track as a senior, and posted PR’s of Mile (4:41), 1500 (4:19), 800 (2:10), and was a member of two school record setting relay teams (DMR and 4x800). Senior year she ran the 1500 in 4:17 and placed 2nd place at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway. Patty qualified for two Olympic Trials in the 1500 in 1980 (Eugene) and 1992 (New Orleans). Please welcome Patty Murnane Nosack into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association’s Athlete Hall of Fame.