December 20, 2014

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Six tabbed for induction into Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame

The Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame will induct a class of six for its fifth enshrinement.

The induction is slated for April 19 at the Lorain County Invitational at Midview High School.

Below is a list of the impending inductees and their accomplishments:

Tarver “Cy” Perkins, Clearview (1940)

The Class B state mile champ in 1939 and ’40, Perkins was Lorain County’s first state champ in that distance.

He finished third in the 800 meters at the 1947 U.S. Nationals and fourth in 1948, just missing the ’48 Olympic team. He was ranked No. 10 in the world for the 800 meters in 1948.

Perkins ran a 4:01 for the mile six years before Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 1954.

Perkins is a 1995 inductee of the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame and a 1985 inductee of the Northern Illinois University Sports Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Geneco, Ill.

Mike Beetler, Firelands (1985)

He was All-Ohio three times in cross country and twice in track. Beetler had a third-place finish in the 1982 state meet and was second in 1983 and ’84. He lost the 1983 Division II state meet by less than a second to Sandusky St. Mary’s Tom Schnurr, 15:38.1 to 15:39.

He finished third at the Kinney Midwest Regional at Racine, Wisc. and 11th at the Kinney Nationals in San Diego and earned third team All-American honors in 1984. Beetler held the LCCC 5K course record of 15:38 from 1984-2002.

He was a two-time state placer for the 3,200 meters in 1984 and 1985, finishing fifth and second. His best 3,200 was 9:18 and his best 1,600 was 4:19.

For Ohio University, Beetler was second team All-MAC in cross country as a freshman. He ran injured for each cross country season after that and was never able to run track due to illnesses and injury.

Anne (Densmore) Fox, Elyria (1987)

She is the 1983 Division I state cross country champ and remains the county 5K record-holder (17:26.6).

Densmore also finished third at state as a sophomore and fourth as a junior. She was a three-time conference, district and regional cross country champ.

Densmore held the LCCC 5K course record from 1983-2006. Her best time for the Elyria course was 18:16 set at the 1984 Division I district meet. She was second in the 3,200 (10:45.59) at the 1985 state track meet.

For the track team, Densmore won the Buckeye Conference, district and regional in the 3,200. As a junior, she set district records in the 800 and 1,600 and finished fifth in the state in the 1,600. Leg injuries prevented her from running during her senior year, but she won letters in swimming and tennis.

Densmore still holds the school record in the 5K (cross country), plus 1,600 and 3,200 school records in track.
She continued her athletic career at Ashland College — competing in cross country, track and swimming. She continued as an assistant and coach at several area schools, including Avon.

She is a 2003 inductee of the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame.

Tammy (Porter) Derrico, Elyria (1978)

A two-time Division I state champ, which included the 100-yard title (11.0) in 1978. Porter lost just once in the 100-yard dash during her senior year, losing in the regional meet before rebounding at the state championships. She earned the 1978 Elyria Sports Hall of Fame Achievement Award.

Porter ran indoor track for two years for Lorain County Community College. For the past 14 years she has been a correctional officer at the Lorain County Correctional Institute in Grafton.

Glen “Sonny” Wilburn, Amherst (1973)

He was a 1971 Division I state cross country champ and finished fourth in 1972. He was two-time All-Ohio in track, including a second-place finish in the two-mile in 1972 (9:16.1).

Wilburn ran for Lincolnland Community College in Illinois. He was fifth in the NJCAA nationals in cross country during his freshman year, then a national champion that spring in the 6-mile/10,000 meters.

His best years were after college during 1982-1983 in road races, posting a series of sub-30:00 finishes in 10K events. He went 23:44 at the Painesville Johnnycake Jog 5-miler for a new record, and went 1:05 when he won the Cleveland Heart-A-Thon half marathon.

Marv Hougland (Clearview)

Won two Class A state titles as track coach in 1978 and ’79, more than any other coach in county history. The Clippers also were second at the 1977 Class AA state meet.

The two state track crowns by Hougland equals the combined total of the rest of the Lorain County boys programs. Clearview also won titles in 1973 and 2001.

He coached six state individual track champions, and as a defensive coordinator, Hougland helped Clearview to the football playoffs 11 times from 1973-2001, including a runner-up finish Class A in 1978. The Clippers amassed nine Lakeland Conference titles over that span.

He died at age 76 on Oct. 26, 2010, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.

Contact Paul Heyse at 440-329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.