Track and Field Announces First Class to Officials Hall of Honor

    Ris Westen has officiated nearly every AF home meet since 1959.

    Ris Westen has officiated nearly every AF home meet since 1959.

    Feb. 15, 2013

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force track and field team honored its first class of inductees into the program's new Track and Field Officials Hall of Honor during the Air Force Team Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 9. The inaugural class of six officials has nearly 200 years of combined officiating experience between them.

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    "These officials have honored us for so many years ... it was time to honor them," Scott Irving, the Falcons' associate head coach said. "It was great to see the cadets standing at attention during the presentation to honor these deserving men."

    During the Falcons' final home competition of the indoor season, Air Force recognized Jerry Donley (pole vault), Hollis Hatfield (finish line/umpire), Martin Johnson (horizontal jumps), Ed Latimer (starter), Risdon Westen (finish line/umpire) and the late Don Barrett (finish line/umpire). Members of the current Air Force team presented the officials with certificates of honor.

    "The Officials Hall of Honor is something our staff had been talking about for a long time," head coach Ralph Lindeman said. "Scott and Bob (Graf), in particular, followed through to make this happen in 2013. The names they selected for our inaugural class are legendary. We're intent on continuing the tradition by naming a new `Class' each year and honoring them at a home indoor meet in February."

     

     

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