“Promoting participation in and support for cross-country and track and field in Arkansas secondary schools.”  


We are fans of cross-country and track and field that strive to promote greater participation in a healthful and exciting sport in which virtually any young person can participate and take with them for a lifetime. While competition has its place, our focus is on encouraging greater participation and building fan support. Our founders were high school and college distance runners who have retained a love of the sport over the decades. This website exists to report meet results, best performances and other race and meet statistics for Arkansas secondary school athletes in an effort to  promote the sports, encourage wider participation and build fan interest. Increased participation will help to improve performances which will in turn stir interest and participation.

John Kelly ran cross-country and the 880 and Mile for Pine Bluff High School in 1965-66. After being discovered by a  gym coach as a junior, he placed 5th as a senior in the State Cross-Country Meet in 1965 for the Zebras. The following spring, John set the school record in the Mile at 4:27.1 and finished 4th in his only State Track Meet. After high school he attended Louisiana Tech where he was an immediate contributor to the Bulldogs in cross-country and  track in the Gulf States Conference, competing against former University of Arkansas Head Track Coach John McDonnell regularly. In the fall of 1968 John transferred to State College of Arkansas (now University of Central Arkansas) where he competed for the Bears his senior year winning the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference Cross-Country Meet and the Arkansas AAU Marathon in 1969.  Before his running career ended in the spring of 1970 due to injury he posted a 1:55 in the 880, 4:14 in the Mile and 9:11 in the 2 Mile.  John is a mathematician/statistician and works in the information technology industry. He is an avid cross-country and track and field fan and a Master Level Tarck Official for USA Track and Field. Favorite workouts were pulse rate 220s and interval 1320s.

Bob Kelly ran cross-country and track for Pine Bluff High School from 1967 through 1970 where he was All-State in cross country finishing 5th in 1969. He later ran for the University of Central Arkansas from 1971 through 1974. Events ranged from the Mile to the Marathon. Best times were 4:25 for the Mile, 9:28 for the 2 Mile and 14:50 for 3 Mile. Bob is a risk officer in the financial services industry in Northwest Arkansas. He is a National Level Track Official for USA Track and Field. Indoor track and field meets are his favored venue as all events can be enjoyed up close. Favorite workouts were hard 10-mile runs and interval 880s.

(As of March 9, 2012)   ©ArkansasTrackStats.com 3/2012

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