James Ward (2005)
About James Ward
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.