HONORARY OFFICIALS NAMED FOR 2007 PENN RELAYS
Herb Douglas, Honorary Carnival Referee
Herb Douglas’ first association with the Penn Relays was as a member of Xavier (La.)’s 4x100 relay team which won the Championship of America event in 1942, the first time a Historically Black College won a major event at Franklin Field. After serving in World War II, he won a bronze medal in the long jump in the 1948 London Olympics, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
His track career ended, Herb went on to a hugely successful business career, becoming a leading executive at Schleiffelin & Somerset, a subsidiary of the Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessey Corporation. In 1980, he founded the International Amateur Athletic Association, which annually presents two awards named for Jesse Owensthe American-International Trophy and the American-International Global Awardto deserving amateur athletes.
Bill Carson, East Carolina University
Honorary College Referee
Bill Carson has been head track coach at East Carolina University since 1967, building a program which has produced 65 All-Americans. Recognized as a leading sprint coach among the American sprinters Bill has worked with former 100-meter world record holder Maurice Greene. A 1960 graduate of West Virginia University, he also served as head coach at Furman University, and has led both the cross country and women’s track teams during his tenure at East Carolina.
Dennis Kornfield, Uniondale (N.Y.) High School
Honorary High School Boys Referee
Associated with track programs in the Uniondale School District since 1967, Dennis Kornfield’s first team as head coach at Uniondale High made an immediate impact at the Penn Relays, winning the Championship of America 4x400 relay in 1982.
In 1993, Uniondale’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams both reached the Championship of America final, and three of his 4x100 relays have won championships in the Relays’ large school consolation events. Dennis also serves as public address announcer for cross country and indoor and outdoor track meets in New York City and New York State.
Dennis is a finalist for the 2007 Coty National Track and Field Coach of the Year Award, which will be announced on June 29.
Art and Linda Kranick, Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School
Honorary High School Girls Referees
Art and Linda Kranick are co-head coaches for the boys’ and girls’ cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams at Saratoga Springs, where they each have won National and State Coach-of-the-Year honors. Linda has also been named head coach of the USA World Cross Country teams.
Their teams have won numerous New York state titles, and the girls’ team won the Distance Medley Relay Championship of America at Franklin Field in 2004, and Lindsey Ferguson was the Relays’ girls’ 3000-meter champion in 2005. Their best-known athlete has been Cherie Goddard Kenah, who ran on several Villanova championship relays, and won the women’s Olympic Development mile run three times.