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Four To Be Inducted Into Drake Relays Hall Of Fame

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Release: February 24, 2011
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Alabama head men's track and field coach Harvey Glance becomes the first-ever inductee into both the Drake Relays Coaches and Athletes Hall of Fame.
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DES MOINES, IOWA - The Drake Relays Hall of Fame announced its 2011 inductees today and Harvey Glance, the head men's track coach at Alabama, becomes the first person to be enshrined in both the coaches and Athletes Hall of Fames, headlines the class.

Joining Glance among the coaching honorees will be Sandy Fowler, the head women's track and field coach at Alabama.  Being enshrined in the athletes' wing of the Hall of Fame is former Des Moines Roosevelt and Louisiana State standout Kim Carson, along with former Olympic medalist and UTEP star Obadele Thompson.

Glance and Fowler are the 78th and 79th honorees in the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame, which was established in 1977 with charter members John L. Griffith (Drake), Harry Gill (Illinois), Tom E. Jones (Wisconsin), Clyde Littlefield (Texas), Leo Johnson (Illinois) and Bill Easton (Drake & Kansas).

Glance, a former world-class sprinter, 16-time All-American, three-time Olympian, former world record holder in the 100-meter dash and 1976 gold medal winner, is in his 13th season leading the Alabama men's track and field program.  During his first 12 seasons (1998-present), he has coached 75 All-Americans, including 15 during the 2002 campaign.  He also has instructed 41 Southeastern Conference (SEC) champions and eight NCAA champions.  In his 18 years of coaching, he has tutored student-athletes to 177 All-America accolades.

Glance was inducted into the Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame in 1987 after his distinguished career at Auburn.  As a college freshman in 1976, Glance won the 100-meter dash in a then- record time of 10.01, while also running on the 4x200 relay team that captured a title in 1:23.89.  A year later, his 4x200 relay squad defended its title before winning another crown as a member of the 4x100 relay team in 1978.

His honors while serving as coach at Alabama during Drake Relays include claiming nine Drake Relays titles (university-college long jump - 2000; U/C 110 hurdle - 2002; U/C 100 - 2003; U/C 800 - 2010; university 4x100 - 2000; university sprint medley relay - 2004; university distance medley relay - 2001; U/C shuttle hurdle relay - 2000; men's 8k road race - 2010). 

As head coach at Auburn from 1991-97, he coached 12 national champions, six Olympians, 78 Southeastern Conference champions.  He recorded two runner-up team finishes in NCAA Track Championships and had six top-five finishes in NCAA Championships.

He also served as head coach of the Unites States National team at the 1997 World University Games, 1999 Pan American Games, 2009 World Championships and as assistant coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Glance holds a vast resume of coaching experience on the national and world stage.  In 1994, he coached the World Junior Team in Lisbon, Portugal, and served as the head men's track coach for Team USA at the World University Games in Sicily, Italy in the summer of 1997. During the summer of 1999, Glance again was the head coach of the men's track team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, where the U.S. led in total medals won with 295. 

He was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. Glance then coached the 2006 World junior Team in Beijing before returning to Beijing as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. His most recent stint came as the head men's coach for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

On top of his athletic and coaching accolades, Glance was bestowed the most prominent award of all in 2008 - the Congressional Gold Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation's highest and most distinguished civilian award. The medal is presented both for singular acts of exceptional service and for lifetime achievement.

Fowler, a former world-class thrower, four-time All-American, National Champion and Olympian is in her 13th campaign directing the Alabama women's track and field program.  In her initial 12 seasons she has mentored 30 student-athletes into All-America status and coached Beth Mallory, the Crimson Tide's first-ever women's NCAA champion in the discus in 2005.

Fowler has coached one NCAA champion and 11 Southeastern Conference champions at Alabama (1998-present).  Under her guidance, Beau Walker was named outstanding women's performer of the 2004 Drake Relays after winning both 100 and 400 hurdles and anchoring the winning university 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay.  She also won the 400 hurdles in 2005.

Other Drake Relays titles under Fowler include; university 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay - 2005; university-college shuttle hurdle relay - 2009, 2010; U/C triple jump - 2006; U/C high jump - 2010; U/C discus - 2005; special 400 - 2003; U/C 100 hurdles 2004, 2009; U/C 400 hurdles - 2004, 2005; special 100 - 2006.

Fowler was an assistant coach at the 1990 Goodwill Games before also coaching as an assistant at the 1993 World Championships in Germany. Fowler served as an assistant coach at the 1999 World University Games in Spain before returning to the Olympic Games, not as an athlete but as an assistant coach, in 2000 in Sydney. Fowler also was the head coach at the 2005 World Championships in Finland, where the U.S. had one of its best World Championship showings in recent history, and the 2009 Five Nations Match in Scotland.

In between international coaching jobs, Fowler has been a meet referee at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in New Orleans and served as the Supervisor of Sports Information for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. During the late '80s and early '90s, she coached at the USA Track and Field's Elite Throwers Olympic Development Camp every summer.

Before joining the staff at Alabama, she served as the University of Florida's field events coach for eight years. During that span, the Gators won four SEC team titles as well as the 1992 NCAA Indoor Championship. She coached four athletes to seven All-American honors during her Gator tenure.

In the middle of her collegiate career Fowler earned a spot on the 1980 United States Olympic squad as an alternate in the shot put. Fowler competed internationally for the U.S. at the 1981 World University Games in Romania and at the 1981 Pan Pacific Games in New Zealand. She also participated in the 1981 and 1982 USA versus Russia meets held in Leningrad, USSR and Indianapolis, Ind. respectively.

Thompson, a three-time Olympian, claimed four NCAA titles, 11 All-American certificates and won 16 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) titles at UTEP from 1993-97.  He captured the bronze medal in the 100 at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was fourth in the 200 at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.  He won the 200-meter special invitational as a collegian in 1996 and then as a professional in 1998.

As sophomore at UTEP, he beat eight-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis to win the special invitational 100 by 0.13 seconds during the 1995 Drake Relays.  He came back as junior to win the special 200 in 1996 as well as anchoring UTEP to victory in university division 4x100 relay in 1997.  Additionally, he won the special invitational 200 at the 1996 and 1998 Drake Relays.

Thompson finished third in the 100 at the 2000 Olympics and fourth in the 200 at the 1996 Olympics.  He won both the 100 and 200 at 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships as well as claiming the 200 at the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Indoor Championships.  He held numerous world rankings during his career, including; ranking No. 3 in the world in both 100 and 200 in 2000; No. 5 in the world in the 100 and No. 6 in the world in 200 in 1999; No. 6 in the world in 100 in 1998; No. 4 in the world in 200 in 1997 and No. 5 in the world in 200 in 1996.

Carson was a seven-time All-American and six-time national champion hurdler at Louisiana State.  As a senior, she captured a trio of Southeastern Conference titles and claimed NCAA crowns in the 55-meter indoor hurdles and the 100-meter outdoor hurdles.  She twice won the 100-meter special invitational hurdle race at the 2002 and 2003 Drake Relays.

After a successful collegiate career, Carson ran professionally and represented the United States in domestic and international competitions.  A successful professional, she was ranked in the top-25 in the world in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. Carson set a personal best of 7.82 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles in Madrid, Spain, February 16, 2000, which was the second-fastest indoor mark in the world that year and No. 2 on the American all-time indoor list. In 2002, she finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Outdoor Championship. 

All four inductees into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame will be enshrined on April 28, 2011.

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