| Hall Of Fame
Class of 2005
Mark Cannon attended Elyria
High School from 1984 – 1987, competing in track
and field for three of those seasons-’85, ’86,
and ’87. He was a proud member of the track team
coached by Head Coach Daryl Nalle and Assistant Coach
Tim Johnson. Mark’s specialty was the high jump
where he lost only two meets in three years and was
undefeated as a senior. During his career, he won many
events/relays in addition to three District and Regional
titles and was also the State Champion all 3 years.
The 3 state records Mark set probably make him the proudest.
Two of these were set indoors and in 1987, Mark leaped
7’ 2 1⁄4” to set an outdoor record
which still stands today. Mark received High School
All-American honor on two occasions.
Mr. Cannon attended Ohio State University where he was
named Captain of the track team. He graduated with a
BA in Economics in 1992. He won the Big Ten, the Penn
Relays, the Dogwood Relays, and the Kansas Relays. His
efforts won him All-Big Ten as well as NCAA All-American
honors. He held both the indoor 7’ 3 1⁄4”
and the outdoor 7’ 4 1⁄4” records
at OSU. The indoor record still stands. Mr. Cannon also
competed in both NCAA and TAC/USATF National meets.
Mr. Cannon is currently the Head Track Coach at Columbus
State Community College. He lives in Reynoldsburg with
his lovely wife Renee and twins (son and daughter) Kyle
Alexander and Kara Nichole.
Glenville High School runner
Demosthenes “Don” Price was a speed specialist.
From 1965 – 1967, Don led Glenville to 3 State
Team Championships under coaches Jim Demo and Frank
Zubovich. His impressive stats include times of 9.4
in the 100 yd. Dash, and 20.4 in the 220 yd. Dash. Mr.
Price was State Champion 2 times in the 220 yd. Dash.
In 1967, he was also a member of the 880 yd. Relay team
that won the State Championship 2 years in a row and
set both a State Meet and an Ohio record of 1:27.0.
Mr. Price continued his career at Purdue University
where he was selected to be co-captain his senior year.
In 1968, his time of 6.2 in the 60 yd. Dash set a freshman
record. His 1970 Sprint Medley team set a Purdue school
record of 3:23.0 and in 1971 Don set another Purdue
school record running the 70 yd. Low Hurdles in 7.8.
Don continued to compete after college for the “Over
the Hill” Track Club in Cleveland. He won National
Sub Masters honors in the 100 M. dash and the 400 M.
Relay. His team won the National Team Championship for
Rod O’Donnell has
served as the Head Cross Country Coach and Track Coach
at both Caldwell and Hudson High Schools. Mr. O’Donnell
has also led teams from Kent State, Marshall, and Rio
Grande College. In 11 years of coaching high school
cross country, Rod has coached 6 District Championship
teams, and 4 Regional team Champions. He has had 7 State
Meet appearances where his teams placed 14th, 8th, 2nd,
and two first place finishes. In addition, one of his
runners, Wesley Smith, was the 2002 State Champion.
While at Hudson, Coach O’Donnell had 13 State
Meet qualifiers as well as the Track State Champion
in both the 3200 M. and the 1600 M.
While at Kent State, he was named MAC Coach of the Year
twice. Rod had 27 NCAA qualifiers in Track and Cross
Country and 11 All-Americans. At Marshall, Rod was again
named Coach of the Year twice, this time in the Southern
Conference. His teams had 25 Conference Championships
and 3 NCAA qualifiers. He started the cross country
program at Caldwell High School in 1971. In 1973 his
team was the State Champion and had a dual record in
3 years of 38-0. Overall, Coach O’Donnell had
a high school dual record in track of 66-19 and in Cross
Country his dual record was 74-6.
Coach O’Donnell is more than willing to help others
in the field. He has written many articles and has spoken
at many clinics in an attempt to give back to the sport.
James Ward attended Columbiana
High School where he was coached by his father, “Waldo”
Ward. James will be the third member of his family to
be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His father and his
uncle are also members. In his track efforts, several
of James’ performances still stand as school records
today. His specialties were the 100 yd. Dash in 9.55,
the 220 yd. Dash in 21.1, the 440 yd. Dash in 48.3,
and the Long Jump at 23’ 6”. Mr. Ward’s
efforts in the 440 won him the State title Class AA
in 1964. James qualified for the State 4 times in the
100 and 3 times in the 220.
James attended Stanford University. His Freshman Record
in the 440 / 400M. Dash still stands. He also placed
in the PAC – 8 Meet Championship 3 years in the
440. As a Junior, he was undefeated in Pac 8 duel meets
for two years in the 440. In 1969 and 1970, Mr. Ward
was ranked on the World List for the 400 M. by T&F
News. He was an AAU All-American in 1970 in the Mile
Relay and was a member of the 1970 World-Best in the
Mile Relay with a time of 3:05.6.
Mr. Ward recently co-authored a book on his Stanford
Coach, Payton Jordan, entitled “Champions for
Life”. He is very proud of his Coach’s efforts.
Tonja Buford-Bailey was
a Hurdler specialist. She began her career at Trotwood-Madison
High School and finished up at Meadowdale High School.
During her career, Tonja posted a time of 13.93 in the
High Hurdles and 42.60 in the 300 Low Hurdles. She was
the State Champion in the Highs in ‘88 and ‘89
and in the Lows in ’89. Ms. Buford-Bailey set
3 state records in the 300 Hurdles, the indoor 200 Hurdles
and the 100 High Hurdles. Her records also include the
Dayton Relays, the Roosevelt Relays, and the Trotwood
Tonja attended the University of Illinois. She posted
a time of 54.13 in the 400 Hurdles, 13.05 in the High
Hurdles, and 7.6 in the indoor 55 Hurdles. She won a
record 25 Big 10 events. She scored in many relays including
the Penn, the Drake, the Kansas, and the Tennessee.
Ms. Buford-Bailey competed in 3 Olympic Games in the
400 Hurdles placing third in 1996. Although she didn’t
win, her time bettered the world record.
She still holds the world’s third fastest time
ever run. This deserving young lady also competed in
5 World Outdoor meets, the Pan-American Games, and the
Tony Conkle attended East
Palestine High School where he was coached by Hall of
Fame Coach Bill Ward. As a decathlete, Tony excelled
in many different events. He won the State Meet in the
Shot Put both in 1952 and 1953 and the 1953 effort set
a State Meet record with a toss of 54’ 9”.
He also placed 2nd in the Discus, 2nd in the 100 and
3rd in the 220. This was all run on a cinder track.
In the 1953 State Meet, Mr. Conkle scored 17 points
at a time when first place only received 6 points. This
placed East Palestine third in the A Division (big school)
and earned Tony the Castleman Award as the Outstanding
Athlete in the State. He was further twice named the
outstanding meet athlete at both the NEO District Meet
and at the Columbiana County Meet. Mr. Conkle’s
best efforts include 9.8 in the 100, 21.7 in the 220,
55’9” in the shot put, 149”10”
in the discus, and 22”4” in the long jump
While in college in 1961, Mr. Conkle threw the Shot
58” 3 1⁄2” which was a NAIA Small
College record. He further tossed the Discus 161’
11” and Long Jumped 23” 2 1⁄2”.
This all-around athlete also ran the 100 yd. Dash in
9.7 and the 120 Hurdles in 14.9. In club competition,
he threw the 16 pound shot put 59’ 3”.In
later years, Mr. Conkle coached football, track, and
volleyball including two years on the National Men’s
volleyball staff. As a 66 yr.old powerlifter, he set
four National and four World records including a 501