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2016

Gordon
McClenathen

Gordon McClenathen’s first high school race was in Carpinteria. He competed for Santa Barbara High School. That was just the start of a distinguished carreer as an athlete, coach and official. Gordon ran in two Russell Cup meets and was the Mile Run Champion in 1952. He completed his high school athletic career with his best mile run ever, setting an SBHS school record, where he started – in Carpinteria.

Gordon continued his record setting ways at El Camino Junior College and UCSB where he set numerous school records. He was an NCAA All-American in the 10,000 meters for the Gauchos in 1956 and later that year ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10K event.

Gordon then embarked on a 43 year journey as a Track and Cross Country Coach, first at Long Beach Jordan High School and then the final 34 years at Dos Pueblos High School. After his retirement from coaching, Gordon turned to officiating track & field and has served as the Russell Cup Weight’s and Measures Inspector for many years.

Gordon has been inducted into both the UCSB and Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame. Now we add to his honors with recognition as the Russell Cup Honorary Meet Director. Thank you, Gordon for your long association with and service to the Russell Cup.

2015

Rocky
Flores

This year’s Russell Cup Honorary Meet Director can share a few stories from the past about racing in the Russell Cup on a dirt track and landing in straw pit while competing in the pole vault.
Rocky Flores was a Russell Cup medalist in the early 60’s. The 1963 Carpinteria High School graduate was a mid-distance runner and pole vaulter during the early 60’s. His infectious smile and sense of humor, a key component of his character developed from all his years of running far, fast, and vaulting high.

Rocky continued his passion for Track and Field by encouraging his sons Steve, Armando, and Javier to follow in his footsteps. Armando and Javier followed his path as Warrior Track and Field athletes. Armando inherited his fathers “wheels” and won a CIF 800 Meter title in 2002.

Over the years Rocky has been an assistant coach for the Carpinteria High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams. His commitment to the kids of the Carpinteria community has come unconditionally. He continues to provide us with his wisdom, humor, positive attitude, and a true love for Track and Field.

He has stayed in the loop and has kept his feet on the track as a race official in Track and Field. He has been a member for many years, of the California Track Starters Association and the U.S.A. Track & Field Association.

It is a great pleasure and an honor to recognize the “ROCKY” of Carpinteria for his years of service to the kids and the community as the 96th Annual Russell Cup Honorary Meet Director.

2014

Laurie Chamlee

Laurie Chamlee is a lifelong member of the Carpinteria community and an instrumental piece of Russell Cup and CHS Track and Field history as she has diligently worked as a volunteer for the past 17 years. For most of those years Laurie has been the unseen operator of the computerized finish line camera.

Laurie’s Carpinteria roots run deep and she can often be found meeting customer’s needs at the Factory Appliance store with her husband Dan. She is so dedicated to the track program at Carpinteria that all six of her children: Daniel, Jamie, Thomas, Stacey, Whitney, and Valerie went through the program to great success. Laurie continues to surround herself with family as she is eagerly expecting her 9th grandchild.

It is truly inspirational to see Laurie continue to selflessly donate her time to a program that owes her so much. When Laurie is not doting on grandkids and surrounding herself with family she cuts loose and competes herself as part of the Factory Race Team, an off road truck racing team.

Congratulations to Laurie, the Honorary Meet Director for the 95th Russell Cup Track and Field Meet. The Russell Cup community and the Carpinteria Track and Field community deeply thank you for your tireless service.

2013

Ann
Nomura

Ann Nomura’s long-standing connection to the world of track and field began when she left Los Angeles to attend UCSB. It was there she met her future husband, Weldon, who was a member of the UCSB track team. After graduation, they married and moved to Carpinteria in 1986.

The Nomura kids started participating in youth track when Kyle was in 5th grade and Kacey was in 1st grade. They both ran track for four years at Carpinteria High School, where Kacey still holds the school 800 meter record.

When Kyle started his CHS track career, Ann volunteered to help at the meets. It was there that she met Claud Hardesty, who at age 97 was named the Honorary Meet Director for the 2007 Russell Cup. Ann timed the running events with him and considers him her inspiration. After he was no longer able to work the meets, Ann took him a Russell Cup t-shirt every year. He passed away in November at the age of 103

Although the Nomuras’ youngest child, Kacey, graduated in 2008, Ann continues to work almost every home meet, and Weldon serves as an assistant track coach. CHS track and field coach Van Latham has high praise for Ann and her dedication. “Ann Nomura has been a tremendous asset to Carpinteria track and field. She has been our most dependable volunteer over the last decade. Whether it’s a Thursday dual meet, the Russell Cup, or summer all comer meets, Ann is always there running the finish line with exceptional knowledge and efficiency.” Ann doesn’t know if she’ll still be out there in her 90’s, but she says she can be found at the finish line for a while.

Congratulations to Ann, the Honorary Meet Director for the 94th Russell Cup Track and Field Meet. The Carpinteria track and field community is grateful for your years of service and commitment.

2012

Kent
Barbieri

Kent Barbieri officiated his first Russell Cup Track and Field Meet in 1989, when his daughter Nikki was a member of the CHS track team. He continued to volunteer as his son John-Arthur competed for the Warriors. After running for the Warriors for four years, both Nikki and John-Arthur went on to graduate from UCLA, where they again competed for four years and earned varsity letters in softball and track, respectively. These many years later, Kent still contributes his time, energy and talent as a regular member of the Russell Cup crew. He hasn't missed a meet in over twenty years because he enjoys staying involved with track and with what is considered the premier small-school track meet in the state.

Kent has worn many hats at Russell Cup over the years. He began working security, moved on to timing, and has been clerk of the course since the mid 1990's. Clerk remains his favorite position, allowing him to meet athletes from all over the state and talk to them about track.

Like his children, Kent is an accomplished athlete. One of four brothers, he grew up loving sports. He and his brother Mark played football at University of the Pacific, and to keep fit, Kent can still be found running the streets of Carpinteria, as he has for over 30 years. At 16 Kent began working in the nursery industry, and he continues using his degree in Horticultural Science working for West Covina Nurseries. With his wife Roxanne, Kent moved to Carpinteria in 1978.

Reflecting on Kent's years of volunteering, long-time track and field coach Van Latham remarked, "What has always impressed me about Kent Barbieri has been his commitment and humility with regard to the Russell Cup. For the last two decades he has been invaluable as our clerk of the course, and he still thanks us for the opportunity to help with the meet. I'm glad that Carpinteria High School is able to show its gratitude by honoring Kent as the Russell Cup Honorary Meet Director."

Congratulations to Kent for his years of dedication to the Warrior track and field family from a grateful community.

2011

Don
Bensen

Don Bensen is proud of his work in Carpinteria, and he should be. Some of it is right here on the beautiful campus of Carpinteria High School and the venue for the 92nd Russell Cup Track and Field Meet, the Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium.

Don grew up in Arcadia, California, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO. Carpinteria became his home in 1958, and here he leaves his mark in many ways. He raised four children here, and all attended and graduated from Carpinteria schools. As one of the founding partners in the architectural firm Kruger Bensen Ziemer (KBZ), Don was part of the firm’s first major project—the master planning and construction of this Carpinteria High School campus in the 1960’s. Many years later, Don considers the completion of this Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium (2010) and the modernization of Carpinteria Middle School (2001) to be the highlights of his career.

For 25 years, Don and his wife Vera have worked together at the Russell Cup, first as timers and more recently at the long jump pit. Vera was Honorary Meet Director in 2002, and this is an annual event to which they look forward.

This year, as Honorary Meet Director, Don is honored for his years of volunteer service to the Russell Cup Track and Field Meet and also for his talent and contributions as the architect of this amazing facility. Don gave his professional expertise and much of his personal time to create this space for generations of student athletes and our community to enjoy. Congratulations, Don. Carpinteria is proud and grateful.

2010

Bill
Swing

In the early 50’s the “gnarly” swell drew teenager Bill Swing to two of Carpinteria’s prime surfing spots, Tar Pits and Rincon. Surfing bare back on a borrowed Yeager Balsa Woody from friend Billy Ming, he found his way to Carpinteria and eventually moved here from Pasadena in 1963. As a graduate of the class of 1961 at Pasadena High School, and a student of Pasadena City College, Bill developed an interest in Fire Science and Photography. Bill is a retired Firefighter with the Carpinteria - Summerland Fire Protection District. He began officiating in Track and Field in the early 1990’s as a member of the California Track Starters Association and the U.S. Track & Field Association.

Bill and Rosanna Swings’ son Tyson, competed on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams from 1994-1998. Bill had been a “Gofer” for the Cross Country team since 1990. It was during this time that he was able to put to use his photographic skills and became the teams unofficial Photographer. He purchased his first digital camera in 1991 and as they say, “the rest is photographic history.” He continued to assist as a photographer with the Cross Country / Track and Field programs and eventually provided photos for all of Carpinteria High Schools’ team sports. He begun regularly submitting sports photos to the Coastal View Newspaper in 2010. He has captured the “moment” with well over 200,000 “bitchin” sports photos and is currently working on an illustrative book of a Photographic Sports History of Carpinteria.

As far as photographing Track and Field events, he enjoys all events, but prefers capturing images of the High Jump and Pole Vault, as he states, because, “I admire the physical grace of those events and what the athletes can do with their bodies.” His most memorable moments involve contest involving Carpinteria High School and Cate School.

Carpinteria High School recognizes Bill Swing as Honorary Russell Cup Meet Director for his dedication, unconditional devotion, and contribution as photographer for Carpinteria High School and the community of Carpinteria.

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2009

John
Larralde

Legendary local coach John Larralde lives and breathes track and field, and this year marks John’s 35th season coaching the sport he loves. John currently serves as an assistant coach at Westmont College, and he has also shared his talents with Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara City College, and UC Berkeley. For 21 years John coached the Carpinteria Warriors cross country and track and field teams, including 1600 meter State Champions Tom Grewe (1982) and Coley Candaele (1990).

A native of Santa Barbara, John is a graduate of Santa Barbara High School. After serving four years in the Air Force, John continued his education at University of Nevada, Reno, and UCSB. While working as production manager at Rincon Publishing for 20 years, John always found time to coach.

John is recognized by his peers in the coaching fraternity as a man who not only has passion for his sport, but expertise as well. Coaches and athletes alike seek John’s counsel. He puts as much energy into and receives as much satisfaction from coaching young, inexperienced students trying their hand at track and field for the first time as he does state champions. To John they are all the same, and they all have fun.

Of the Russell Cup, John says: “It is simply the best track and field meet, period. I have been to Olympic Games and NCAA Championships, but THE meet is the Russell Cup.”

The Carpinteria Warrior family gratefully acknowledges John’s tireless dedication to the track and field community as a whole and Carpinteria in particular. Congratulations!

2008

Marty Panizzon

This year’s Honorary Meet Director, Marty Panizzon, is a lifelong Carpinterian whose ties to the Russell Cup run deep.  Marty is a Carpinteria High School graduate (class of ’56) and was a participant in the Russell Cup from 1953 to 1956.  He ran the 180 yard dash and the 660 yard run. His father-in-law, Tud Treloar and his brother, Lou Panizzon, have both served as Honorary Meet Directors.  His wife Nan, her sister Nola, and his sister-in-law Susie were all Russell Cup Princesses.  Marty’s dedication as a Russell Cup volunteer, both as a finish judge and timer, has spanned five decades.

A Vietnam veteran, Marty worked as an electrician with the Local Union 413 of the IBEW for 40 years.  In his retirement, he and his wife Nan enjoy traveling, camping, gardening, and growing avocados.  With his son Giovanni, they recently visited Crespano del Grappa, Italy, the small town where Marty’s parents lived until they moved to Carpinteria.  In his younger days, Marty was known to stay in the back country of Carpinteria, most notably White Ledge, for as long as 30 days.  Recent camping trips have taken them to Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.  When he is in town, Marty enjoys working on his 1902 Craftsman home and driving his classic 1960 Corvette.

Not only is Marty a Warrior sports fan, he is an active sportsman on his own.  In 1961, he and a friend rode their Italian Torpado ten-speed bicycles across the United States from New York City harbor to Carpinteria.  This year, as he approaches his 70th birthday, Marty competed in the Solvang Century 100 mile bicycle race.  In June he plans to participate in the seven day, 430 mile Tour of Colorado bike ride, which includes several 11,000 foot peaks.  Almost every day Marty can be seen riding his regular routes in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, clocking 200 to 300 miles per week with a big grin on his face.

2007

Claud Hardesty

After 74 years of service to youth as teacher, principal, and track meet official, one would think that Claud Hardesty might be ready to hang up his stopwatch and take it easy. Maybe instead of walking three miles a day, consider cutting back to one or two. But this 97-year-old sees no reason to slow down.

Attending high school in Kansas, Claud was the state wrestling champ in 1927, his senior year. He came west to attend USC and, upon graduation, began teaching in a primary school in Orange County in 1934. After coming to Santa Barbara two years later, he taught at a number of elementary schools while earning four advanced degrees in education at USC by attending summer and weekend classes. He served as principal of Santa Barbara High School from 1957 to 1970; by all accounts, he was one of the best.

During this period he helped at the Russell Cup a few times. Upon retirement he became more involved in track and field officiating, working meets at UCSB, Westmont, and Santa Barbara City College. Claud has been a full time official for Carpinteria High the past nine years. During that span he has timed every Warrior home meet.

While a principal, he became convinced that participation in sports was valuable in education, as he noticed that many students earned their best grades when they were involved in a sport. The busier schedule helped the athletes organize their time for homework. He believes that track in particular is a worthwhile sport to support because there are different events for different talents, and opportunities for hundreds of athletes to compete in just one meet. Personally, he enjoys getting to know the athletes and the parents.

Dedication to youth, so generously given, makes Claud Hardesty an outstanding example for us all. His philosophy of life, "Live it one day at a time," has served him well for lots and lots of days. We are honored that he has chosen to spend so many of them at the Carpinteria High School track.

2006

Carolyn Damron

Suzy Kelsey

Suzy Kelsey and Carolyn Damron have been great friends and “partners in crime” for over thirty years, and they have volunteered together at the Russell Cup Track and Field Meet for twenty of those years.  Their duties have included working in the snack shack, making lunches for the judges, copying results for participants, and serving as score keepers.  Wherever they are, they bring with them a spirit of fun, hard work, efficiency, and dedication.  Laughter and hugs are always plentiful.

Suzy and Carolyn raised their families in Carpinteria, and their Warrior spirit runs deep.  They each have four children and eight grandchildren.  All the Kelsey children (Chris, Mike, Candi, and Stacy) and the Damron kids (Jeffrey, Michael, Matthew, and Kymberleigh) are Carpinteria High School graduates.  One of Carolyn’s grandsons, Jackson, will graduate from CHS in June.  Although Suzy is a Santa Barbara High School alumna, she was a Carpinteria Warrior in ninth grade, when she met her future husband and CHS graduate, Chuck Kelsey.  They married in 1962.  Carolyn moved to Carpinteria in 1956; she and her husband Ed are CHS alumni.  Chuck Kelsey and Ed Damron have each served as Honorary Meet Director, Ed in 1996 and Chuck in 1999.

Both Suzy and Carolyn worked for Carpinteria Unified School District for many years.  Suzy began with the district in 1974 and retired in 2002, having served as the CHS athletic department/ASB secretary since 1986.  Carolyn was employed at Aliso Elementary School for 35 years as a teacher aide and librarian.  While their children were involved in various CHS sports, Suzy and Carolyn volunteered with the Booster Club, being “team moms” and preparing many meals for the athletes.

Although Suzy and Carolyn have recently moved away from Carpinteria, they still come back to be together and have some fun at important community events—like the annual Russell Cup Track and Field Meet.  In a recent email to CHS track coach Van Latham, Suzy wrote:  “One of my favorite sayings is from Bette Davis.  She said, ‘If you want something done right, have a couple of old broads do it!’  That’s what you had Carolyn and me for all these years!  Have a great Russell Cup!” 

Congratulations and thank you, Suzy and Carolyn!

2005

Jim
Bashore

In April of 1949, Oxnard High School’s Jim Bashore stood on the awards stand at his first Russell Cup to receive his medal for the Class B Pole Vault. This achievement was the first step in a journey that would bring him to the Russell Cup as a participant, as a coach, as the Meet Director, as an Athletic Director, as an official, a spectator and now as our 2005 Honorary Meet Director. How could the young Jim Bashore, standing on that Russell Cup awards stand on that sunny day in 1949, have ever imagined how intertwined his life would become with the Carpinteria community and the Russell Cup over the next 56 years?

Born in Ottumwa, Illinois, Jim eventually migrated to Oxnard, California where his father worked as a high level civilian employee at the Port Hueneme Naval Base during WW II. After graduating from Oxnard High School in 1950, Jim attended Ventura JC and worked on the base in the new field of data processing. During the Korean War Jim enlisted in the Air Force and got to see some of the world while serving in Japan. After his military service Jim returned to Oxnard and started back to college with the help of the GI Bill. Jim completed his studies at Ventura JC and in 1960 graduated from, what is now called, CSU Northridge.

Later that year Jim Bashore became “Coach Bashore” when he began teaching and coaching with the legendary Lou Cvijanovich at Santa Clara High School. In addition to teaching physical education, Coach Bashore also coached football, basketball and track. This set the pattern for the rest of Coach’s career as he continued to teach and coach multiple sports with great success.

Track Coach Bashore brought his Santa Clara Saints to the Russell Cup for the next three years. Coach Bashore moved on to teach and coach at Thousand Oaks High School in 1963-64 and at Rio Mesa High School in 1965-66, and as the track coach, he continued to bring his track athletes to the Russell Cup in Carpinteria. In 1967 Coach Bashore came to teach and coach at the “New” Carpinteria High School.

Best known as the Warriors’ very successful Head Boys’ Basketball Coach from 1967-1979, his charges were perennial playoff teams, who brought Carpinteria the first of many Tri-Valley League Basketball Championships. Coach Bashore was also an assistant for Warrior football teams that won numerous TVL championships, advanced to CIF finals and won a CIF Championship in 1975. For several years Coach Bashore served as the head Boys’ Tennis Coach, directing Warrior teams that advanced to the CIF finals three years in a row, winning back to back CIF titles in 1980 and 1981. What isn’t so well known is that Coach Bashore was also the Carpinteria Head Track Coach his first few years in Carpinteria. Serving as the coach and meet director, he realized that the format of the meet needed adjusting and limited competition in the meet to schools with enrollments of 1000 or less. This emphasis has lead to the Russell Cup’s long standing reputation as the finest small schools track and field meet in the state.

Though he only coached track for 2 years, Coach Bashore did such a great job of organizing and directing the Russell Cup that he kept the job for the next 20 years. In the era before computers, Coach Bashore would spend his spring breaks hand organizing, sorting and seeding races for the Russell Cup.

From 1984 to 1994 Coach Bashore served as the Warriors Athletic Director. He applied his experience, skills, vision and wisdom to shepherd the entire athletic program. He continued to oversee the Russell Cup and introduced sponsorships for awards. He aided in the modernization of the meet and the planning and building of this first class facility.

The teacher, Mr. Bashore, retired in 1994, but Coach Bashore has continued to apply his expertise in the Carpinteria community. Coach Bashore lead the Warrior Girls’ Basketball team through the 1996-1997 playoff season. He directed the Cate School Girls’ Basketball team from 1999-2002, never losing a Condor league game and entering the playoffs each year. Coach Bashore has spent the last three years as an assistant coach for the very successful Carpinteria Girls’ Basketball team.

Coach Bashore has grown deep roots in the Carpinteria community. His wife, Bambi, is a native Carpinteria and hails from the Rock family, near pioneers of the Carpinteria Valley, arriving in 1917. His two daughters, Jeanene La Fevers and Kim Bashore are graduates of Carpinteria High School. His grandsons Ryan, Jake and Cody have all attended Carpinteria Schools. Ryan is a senior at Cal, Jake is presently a senior at CHS and Cody, a Warrior freshman, is running in today’s Russell Cup.

Coach Bashore has continued to grow and face every new event in his life with insight, wisdom, commitment and strength of character. In the last few years Jim has been fighting a battle with Melanoma. We want you to know Coach Bashore, we love you and we are supporting you. We appreciate your service to the Carpinteria community and thank you for your tireless commitment to our youth. Thank you for your decades of involvement and for the countless hours that you have worked in making the Russell Cup such an outstanding event. We are truly honored to recognize you as the 2005 Russell Cup Honorary Meet Director.

2004

Joe
Cantrell

Since Joe Cantrell began teaching history at Carpinteria High School in the spring of 1975, he has been involved in the Russell Cup track and field meet as either an official or coach. He has worked the discus, high jump, triple jump, and for the past 15 years he has served as Head Field Judge and Referee. "Russell Cup is the best high school track meet in the state," says Cantrell. "I’m honored to be part of it."

Joe is a graduate of UCSB with a BA and MA in history. While at UCSB, he was the track team co-captain and the UCSB school record holder in the high jump, being selected twice as College Division NCAA All-American. At Carpinteria High School, he coached the cross-country team from 1975 to 1980, garnering six years of undefeated Tri-Valley League champions and CIF team finalists. Tom Grewe, state 1600 meter champion in 1982, was a member of Joe’s cross country teams.

Twenty-nine years of Russell Cup track and field meets provide many memories for Cantrell. He recalls watching Morro Bay runner Isaiah Festa (now an international level runner) being counseled by 95 year old former Russell Cup champion and U. S. Olympian Nick Carter. "This meet conveys a wonderful sense of tradition and continuity," reflects Cantrell. "Athletes return here as coaches, as officials, and as parents. It is an annual celebration of sportsmanship, family, and community. And it’s a lot of fun."

2003

Burt
Davis

Burt Davis has served the local high schools for over 60 years. Although his influence has touched many sports and many schools, he is not well known by many people. His roll has been just as important as the coaches and the athletes, without him the games would not have been played. Yet, for all his time and effort, he was often greeted with boos, criticism, and comments about his eyesight or ancestry. Why? Because Burt Davis has spent over half a century officiating high school sports.

Burt was born in Fillmore, CA on December 30, 1917. He first started officiating while in high school. His officiating career was interrupted by World War II. After serving his country in the Army, Burt returned to officiating once the war was over and he has been at it ever since. He has worked football, basketball, baseball in addition to track & field. He has been a starter for the Russell Cup a dozen times. He has also worked 9 CIF Final football games and 4 CIF Final basketball games. In addition to his service on the playing field, Burt has served behind the scenes as the secretary/treasurer of the Channel Coast Officials Association from 1958 to 2002. Although he doesn't officiate games or track meets any more, Burt still serves as the assigner for track starters in the area.

In gratitude for his years of service to thousands of high school athletes in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Carpinteria High School would like to honor Burt Davis as the Honorary Meet Director for the 84th Russell Cup.

2002

Vera
Bensen

As long as she can remember, Vera Bensen was involved in the sports world – not so much as a participant, but an observer. Her father was a football coach at Bakersfield High School and assisted the track coach. The BHS Drillers took their athletic programs seriously and one of her classmates was Frank Gifford. The high school was large and then had a junior college on campus, so when Vera went to Stanford University, the number of students was about the same. At Stanford she met Bob Latham whom she later married. After graduation and marriage, she moved to Carpinteria in 1953. Vera taught fourth grade at Aliso School during the 1950’s. She retired from teaching to raise two children, Van and Ann.

It was in Carpinteria that Vera became interested in sports as a participant – specifically tennis. She became interested in coaching as well. Vera coached the Carpinteria High School girls tennis team for three years. She also served as a credentialed girls basketball coach in the early 1980’s, so the school could hire Gabe Garcia as the instructing coach. At that time, high school coaches were required to have a teaching credential. She has attended Carpinteria High football games continually since 1953 and has been volunteering at the Russell Cup since the 1970’s. She is currently married to Don Bensen.

2001

Doug
Treloar

Doug Treloar is a fourth generation Carpinterian. He graduated from Carpinteria High School with the class of 1963, the last graduating class having less than 100 (71) students.

During his high school days, he was a member of the school’s tennis team. In his freshman year, he was awarded a trophy for being the most improved player, and lettered all four years. Doug was also part of the Chismahoo Yearbook staff and served as the Photography Editor in his senior year.

He had mixed emotions when all of the school athletic events were moved up to the new Memorial Stadium. His grandfather was the school’s head groundskeeper at what is now the Middle School. He planted the lawn for the football field and leveled out the track to create the old Memorial Field where the Russell Cup had been held for many years.

Doug is a 20-year member of the Carpinteria Lions Club. He, and many of his fellow Lions Clubs members, has helped officiate the Russell Cup Track Meet every year. He has officiated the shot put for the last 16 years.

Being a Lions Club member has given him many opportunities to provide service to this community. He is a past president of the club and was instrumental in convincing his fellow Lions to build the log cabin style Community Building at Lions Park on Casitas Pass Road.

Doug also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Carpinteria Sanitary District as the District’s Treasurer. He was President of the Board when their new waste water facility was completed and placed into operation.

He has been married to Donna, one of Carpinteria’s Certified Public Accountants, for 33 years. She is also a Carpinteria High School graduate, belonging to the first class to graduate from the present campus. It looked much different back then.

2000

Lou
Panizzon

Lou Panizzon has been an integral part of Carpinteria High School for over three decades. As an educator, coach and loyal supporter, he has been dedicated to maintaining and improving the proud traditions associated with Warrior Athletics for more than half of his life. Lou is currently the Capital Campaign Director for the Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium Project.

A life-long resident of Carpinteria, Lou graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1959. He served as the A.S.B. President for two years and participated on the football, basketball and baseball teams. Lou continued his education at the University of California Santa Barbara, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Education.

Lou entered the United States Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam in 1968. Wounded in action, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. Honorably discharged as First Lieutenant in 1969, Lou returned to Carpinteria where his legacy at the high school began.

Over 30 years at Carpinteria High School, Lou has served as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director, Dean of Students, Counselor and Vice Principal. He was the head track and baseball coach at several different points in his career, while maintaining the Head Football Coach position from 1975 to 1989. Lou’s 1974 baseball team won the school’s first CIF Championship, and his football teams won the CIF crown four times – 1975, 1987, 1988 and 1989. Overall, he has coached 14 Tri-Valley League Championship teams: nine football, two track and three baseball.

Lou and his wife Susie have two children, Christie and Matthew. All are Carpinteria High School graduates and have been Russell Cup volunteers for many years.

Without Lou’s hard work, dedication and determination over the years, Carpinteria High School, the Russell Cup meet and the Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium would not be as we know them today.

The Carpinteria High School Athletic Department takes great pleasure in saluting Lou Panizzon as the Honorary Meet Director of the 81st Annual Russell Cup Track & Field Meet.

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1999

Chuck
Kelsey

Chuck Kelsey has been a lifelong Carpinterian, graduating form Carpinteria High
School in 1960. During his high school years, Chuck was A.S.B. President, captain of the football team and a member of the track team. He continued his education at Ventura College after high school.

Chuck has been a long time supporter of Warrior Athletics. He was the president of the Warrior Booster Club for three years during the early 1980’s. One of his fond memories of the Russell Cup during his presidency was preparing officials’ lunches. Preparing 100 sandwiches in his kitchen the night before the meet was quite a production. Many Warrior fans know Chuck as the “Voice of the Warriors”. He has been the announcer for Warrior football for two decades and the Russell Cup for more than a decade. Check has also been involved in numerous volunteer activities and fundraisers for Carpinteria athletics over the years. Chuck’s latest volunteer project is being a Committee Chairman for raising funds for the new athletic and physical education facility at the high school. The new stadium will be the site of next year’s Russell Cup.

Chuck has been married to Suzy Kelsey for 36 years. Suzy is the secretary for the Russell Cup. They have four children and six grandchildren. All four of the Kelsey children graduated for Carpinteria High.

A Vice President of Investments for Prudential Securities, Chuck maintains an active interest in athletics also. He has finished 13 marathons and ran 40 miles on his 40th birthday.

1998

John
Romero

John Romero has been involved in track & field since childhood. A 1943 graduate of Carpinteria High, John was coached by 1936 Olympian Frank Wykoff. John excelled in the sprinting events and the 440 relay. John competed in the Russell Cup until World War II interrupted the meet after his sophomore year. A highlight of his track career was when the Carpinteria sprint medley relay team earned the silver medal at the Ventura Relays.

John is a life long resident of Carpinteria. He and his family have been farming in the Carpinteria Valley for five generations. Jon has been involved with the Russell Cup as an official since the early 1960’s.

1997

Lions
Club

The Carpinteria High School Athletic Department has named the Carpinteria Lions Club as the Honorary Meet Director for this year’s event.

This will mark the first time in history that an individual has not been so honored.

The Lions Club and its members have been active in the Russell Cup for over six decades. Members have been associated with the meet as athletes, coaches, and officials.

No other group in the Carpinteria Valley has been more involved and supportive of the Russell Cup through the years than the Lions Club.

It is with great pleasure that we honor the Carpinteria Lions Club as the Honorary Meet Director for 1997.

1996

Ed
Damron

Ed Damron was born in Texas and moved to Carpinteria in 1942 when he was 5 years old. He graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1956. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track. He attended College of the Redwoods, S.B.C.C. and U.C.S.B. H8e has been employed by Georgia Pacific Corporation for the past 36 years. Ed married his wife Carolyn in 1959. Their four children; Jeff, Mike, Matt & Kym all graduated from Carpinteria High School. They now have 5 grandchildren.

Ed served on the Board of Directors for the Montecito YMCA for 5 years in the early 60’s. He served on the Carpinteria School Board from 1976 to 1990. He was President of the Board from 1983 - 1985. Ed has been a loyal supporter of Warrior Athletics for over 20 years and his participation as a Russell Cup volunteer began in 1976 when he served as a member of the hurdle crew.

The Carpinteria High School Athletic Department takes great pleasure in saluting Ed Damron as the Honorary Meet Director of the 77th Annual Russell Cup Track & Field Meet.

1995

Jack
Brannan

 

Jack Brannan began volunteering as a Russell Cup Official in 1984. He has served at the finish line as a first place judge for the past eleven years.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Pomona, California, Jack graduated from Pomona High School in 1945. After a brief enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corp he attend Chovinard Art Institute studying industrial design. Jack worked in the greater Los Angeles area until 1971 when he moved to Carpinteria. Jack’s interest in track began in the fifth grade where he began to run middle distances. Later, as a high school student, he moved to the mile run and lettered in his senior year.

Jack says it was his involvement with the Carpinteria Lions Club and its many members who have been active workers at the Russell Cup over the years that helped rekindle his interest in track and field. He states that his up close exposure to the young athletes who compete here as they experience both victory and defeat has been a tremendous experience.

The Carpinteria High School Athletic Department takes great pleasure in saluting Jack Brannan as the Honorary Meet Director of the 76th Annual Russell Cup Track and Field Meet.

1994

Tud
Treloar

Irving “Tud” Treloar has been involved with the Carpinteria schools most of his life. He ran in Russell Cup Track Meets as both a grammar school and a high school athlete.

Tud’s specialty was the 440 yard dash during his 4 years of high school competition. Tud won the event a number of times in both the Russell Cup as well as other high school meets. Basketball and tennis were Tud’s best sports and he won a number of awards in those activities during his school days. Mr. Treloar graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1930 after earning a total of 13 varsity letters.

Married for 56 years, Tud and Mildrid have 2 daughters, Nola and Nan, who are both Carpinteria High School graduates.

The citizens of the Carpinteria Valley elected Tud to the Carpinteria School Board in 1957 and he served until 1963. It was during this period of time that the site we now are standing on was purchased for the new high school. Tud has enjoyed officiating Russell Cup Events in some capacity, off and on for over 60 years!

The Carpinteria High School Athletic Department takes great pleasure today in honoring TUD TRELOAR as the Honorary Meet Director for the 75th Annual Russell Cup Track & Field Meet.

1993

Norm
Hallin

Norman Hallin was born, raised and educated in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from USC in 1942 with a degree in Engineering.

Norm served as a naval officer during World War II. In 1948, he became a licensed civil engineer working in California and twelve other states. He founded his own company in 1959 – Buena Engineers, Inc. – and retired in 1984.

Norm married Mary Smith in 1940. They have four children and four grandchildren The Hallins moved to Carpinteria in 1962. Their two youngest boys graduated from Carpinteria High School.

Mr. Hallin was active in the Carpinteria community serving on the Community Church Council, Carpinteria Sanitary District and the C.H.S. Parent Group. Norm has been an active supporter of Carpinteria High School athletics for over 20 years and a volunteer official at the Russell Cup Meet since 1976.

The Athletic Department at C.H.S. takes great pleasure today in naming Mr. Norman Hallin the Honorary Meet Director for the 74th Annual Russell Cup Track and Field Meet.

1992

Bill
Carty

Dr. William T. Carty has committed his life to family, school (education) and community.

Bill and his wife, Daphne, will have been married 46 years in May. They are the parents of seven children, all of whom have been educated in the Carpinteria schools.

A professional educator, Dr. Carty graduated from Pepperdine University and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from USC. He started his teaching career in the Inglewood schools and came to Carpinteria in 1960 to serve as the Superintendent of Schools. In 1986, after 26 years of quality educational leadership, he retired.

Serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific during the last years of World War II, Dr. Carty was awarded one Battle Star and a Naval Commendation for Bravery.

Named the Carpinterian of the Year for 1989, Bill was a major force in the realization of the Carpinteria Community Pool. He served on many committees and was instrumental in securing an Amateur Athletic Foundation grant and other funding that allowed the pool to be built. He was the man who organized and led the volunteers in finishing the pool’s many projects and in seeing that the landscaping was completed.

He has served as a Director of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, as a member and president of the local Rotary Club, and campaign chairman for the United Way, the Red Cross and the Crippled Children’s Society. He has been an elder and teacher in his church. A tireless leader/volunteer/worker, Dr. Carty is the civic servant par excellence.

In the spring of 1961, Dr. Carty worked his first Russell Cup. Now in 1992, he is judging at the finish line for the 32nd meet in a row! He truly exemplifies the spirit of the community that makes this meet one of the finest in the state. We are honored and privileged to recognize Dr. William T. Carty as the Honorary Meet Director of the 73rd Annual Russell Cup. Thanks, Bill, for your commitment to our community.

1991

Joe
McDonald

Joe McDonald was born on January 23, 1923 in Monroe, Washington. He attended elementary school in Washington and finished high school in Puyallup, Washington. Joe joined the Marine Corp after graduation from high school and during World War II, he was stationed at the Marine Air Base in Santa Barbara. The Marine Air Base is now known as the Santa Barbara airport. Joe was discharged from the Marine Corp in 1945 and decided to stay in the Santa Barbara area.

In 1962, Joe received his contractor’s license and started his own construction business in 1964. Joe also became a very active member of the Carpinteria community. He has been active in Boy Scouts, the Boys’ Club, held almost every office in the Carpinteria Lions Club and has chaired many of the club’s committees.

Joe’s life isn’t all work and community service. Joe is an avid fisherman. He and his wife Betty spend as much time as possible in their motor home in search of the rainbow – trout that is!

Joe has been a faithful Russell Cup volunteer for over 25 years and says he must have tossed back at least a couple of tons of shots through the years.

It is great pleasure we honor Joe McDonald as the Honorary Meet Director for the 72nd Annual Russell Cup Track and Field Meet.

1990

John
Calderwood

John Calderwood was born on March 1, 1927 in Oak Park, Illinois. His family moved to Santa Cruz in 1945 where he finished high school. He joined the army and spent time in Korea. When he returned, he attended Cal State L.A. and earned his Masters in Theater Arts. His first teaching job was in Boron, California where he taught for three years.

Mr. Calderwood joined the Carpinteria High School faculty in September of 1964. He taught English, Drama and Yearbook for 25 years until his sudden death this past October.

John Calderwood was a “MAN FOR ALL SEASONS” when it came to Warrior athletics. In the fall, John could be seen on the sidelines of CHS football games as he covered the Warriors for the Santa Barbara News-Press. During the past few seasons, John continued as the official statistician for Warrior football. When winter came, John took his clipboard and moved into the Warrior gym where he served as the public address announcer for all Warrior home basketball games. Spring was John’s favorite season of sport. Many former Warrior baseball players can still recall the sound of his voice as it boomed out over the Warrior diamond. John Calderwood was the voice of Warrior baseball! To round out his career in Warrior athletics, John was called upon to come to the aid of the Russell Cup Track Meet when the public address position suddenly became vacant. John brought his professional touch to the Russell Cup and continued this work though last year’s meet.

All in Warrior athletics are saddened by John’s passing. His devotion and dedication to each and every sport will be missed by all who are involved in anyway with athletics at Carpinteria High School.

It is with a great deal of pleasure and a touch of sadness that we honor John C. Calderwood, the Honorary Meet Director for the 71st Annual Russell Cup Track & Field Meet.

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1989

Fred
Lemere

Honorary Meet Director Fred Lemere epitomizes a proud tradition, which has played a vital part in the development and maintenance of excellence in athletic programs at Carpinteria. Starting in 1946 when he was a Warrior freshman and his participation in the Russell Cup as a member of the hurdle crew, through his involvement as a competitor in the now-defunct 1320 yard run, through years of officiation, to his present position as Honorary Meet Director, Fred has been an integral part of Warrior and Russell Cup life.

Since 1960, he has been a Russell Cup official, taking on whatever job needed to be done with enthusiasm and confidence. Through those years he has also been a regular volunteer at all other Warrior home meets. But his participation in Warrior athletics has not been limited to working track meets. A longtime member of the Booster Club, Fred haw twice served as its president and he was the project chairman for the drive which saw new lights installed at Memorial Field.

In addition, his community service has been exemplary. For many years a member of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce, he served as its president in 1962; he is a 15-year director and former president of the Carpinteria Boys Club. Fred for ten years was a member of the Santa Barbara County Parks Commission; for 12 years he served on the Carpinteria City Parks and Recreation Commission. A 29-year member and past president of the Carpinteria Lions Club, Fred is also a longtime member and past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Santa Barbara. He is a man who knows how to keep busy.

It is with great pride and humble gratitude that we are delighted to present our Honorary Meet Director of the 70th Russell Cup, that notable upholder of Warrior tradition and our good friend, Fred Lemere.

1988

Fred
Meyer

Fred J. Meyer was born in Santa Paula on August 19, 1924 and graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1942. He served as an Army Medical Corpsman in Europe during World War II. In 1949, Fred married Dorothy M. Moore and today they have four children and five grandsons.

It was his experience coaching his oldest son in little league that convinced Fred that his true vocation was teaching and coaching. A graduate of USC with a promising career as a design engineer with Owens Illinois Glass Company, he nevertheless put that behind him, picked up his teaching credential at Cal State Northridge, and embarked on a new career in education.

For six years Fred taught at Moreno Valley High School, where he also coached football and track and was the head basketball coach. He came to Carpinteria in the fall of 1969 to teach history, math and physical education and to coach football and track. He was assistant varsity football coach under Curt Curtis and Mike Warren for six years and head track coach for nine.

Under Fred’s tutelage, the Warrior track teams won the Russell Cup title four times and finished as Tri-Valley champions six times. In 1977 his team was runner-up in the CIF 1A division and in 1978 took third place. Over the years a number of his athletes have qualified for the Masters and State Meets.

Since leaving active coaching, Fred has remained an integral part of the athletic program at Carpinteria High, scouting for football and assisting and advising when needed. Today, after 25 years in the field, he remains an avid armchair coach and Warrior fan in addition to proudly following the athletic careers of his oldest grandsons, one a collegiate wrestler and the other a high school varsity basketball player.

1987

John
Fukasawa

Our Honorary Meet Director born in Lodi on December 9, 1917. When he was 13, the family moved to Santa Monica where John graduated from Santa Monica High in 1935 and Santa Monica Junior College in 1937. While in junior college he decided to make landscaping his career.

With the outbreak of World War II, he was terminated from the California State Guard and on April 26, 1942, along with his bride of a month, Miyeko Ota, was interned in the Relocation Center of Manzanar. A year at the Gila Relocation Center in Rivers, Arizona followed. Their first son, John Jr., was born at the center.

In 1944 he was cleared by the FBI to work for International Harvester in Chicago. After only three months with the firm, he was called for army service. Upon completion of basic training in Florida, he was sent to Italy in January of 1945. During the Italian campaign, John served with distinction as an infantryman with the famous and much-decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Following the war he rejoined his family in Carpinteria and began work on the Franklin Ranch. Much of his spare time was involved with scouting. He was a cub master for eight years and a scout master for an additional three.

In 1958 they moved to their present home on Olive Avenue. In the same year he was hired by the Carpinteria Unified School District, for whom he worked for the next 25 years, retiring in 1984 as the supervisor of grounds. Miyeko also worked for the district for many years as the manager of the high school cafeteria. As such, she put on many sports banquets.

John has always demonstrated a feeling of strong civic responsibility. A list of a few of his services and honors follow: Planning Commission for eight years; City Councilman for ten years; Mayor of Carpinteria for four and one-half years; President of Southern California Turf Council; President of Carpinteria Valley Historical Society; and Carpinterian of the Year for 1984.

The Fukasawas have two sons. John Jr., an attorney in San Jose, and Paul, a nursery manager in Aurora, Oregon. They are also favored with two granddaughters and two grandsons.

It is great pleasure and pride that Carpinteria High School designates John Fukasawa our Honorary Meet Director for the 68th Annual Russell Cup Track Meet.

1986

Angelo
Granaroli

The Honorary Meet Director, Angelo Granaroli, was born and raised in Summerland, just five miles north of Carpinteria.

Entering Carpinteria High School in 1939, Angie began his long association with the Russell Cup as a participating athlete in 1940 (twenty-seventh renewal). During his high school career, Angie was student body president and participated in football, basketball and track. At one time he held the school broad (long) jump record of 19 feet, 9 inches. He received his diploma in 1943 while serving in the air force as crew chief on B-17 and B-29 bombers.

He married his high school sweetheart, 1942 Carpinteria high school graduate Marie Schwizer, in 1945. Angie’s brothers both graduated from Carpinteria High School, Steven in 1941 and Eugene in 1948. Both are living in Santa Barbara.

Angie and Marie have two children, David Granaroli (Karen) and Carolyn (Dale Frary) and three grandchildren.

Angie has always been active in school and community affairs. He has missed only one Russell Cup Track Meet since World War II.

He was Scout Master of Troop 1 of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. A former president of the Historical Society, he served as chairman of the finance committee that built the first section of our local museum. For fifteen years he served on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Lemon Association.

Angie represents the true spirit of the Russell Cup – commitment, dedication and loyalty to the young people of the community.

Congratulations Angie, and thanks from all the Russell Cup athletes – past and present.

1985

Robert
Duff

Robert Duff is our Honorary Meet Director this year. Bob spent fifteen years as business manager for the Carpinteria Unified School District, retiring in 1983. Over the years he served regularly as an official at Russell Cup meets and continues to serve after retirement. Bob is not only a faithful Russell Cup supporter but also an indefatigable one, warming up for the Russell Cup each year by officiating at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays.

Bob has spent most of his life on the South Coast, graduating from Santa Barbara High School and attending Santa Barbara State College before transferring to Humboldt State. He entered the Army in 1941 and served through World War II, becoming a captain in the ordinance department.

Bob and his wife, Patsy, recently retired executive director of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, are enjoying retirement days pursuing their many mutual interests while continuing to contribute to their community.

1984

Bill
Catlin

William F. Catlin, a native Californian and Carpinteria High graduate (1939), is our Honorary Meet Director this year. Mr. Catlin’s studies at the University of Arizona were interrupted by the onset of World War II. To help with the preparedness effort he enrolled in a shipfitting school in Compton with two other Carpinterians, Rollie McIntyre and Barney Milne, both previous Russell Cup Honorary Meet Directors. Pearl Harbor and the entrance of the United States into the world conflict led to the decision to join the Army Air Corps. It was during his stint in the Air Corps that he met Carol, his wife-to-be. They were married in 1946. They have two daughters, Sandra who lives in Fresno and Wanda who lives in Carpinteria.

As with all 14 previous Honorary Meet Directors, the list of Mr. Catlin’s civic contributions is impressive; the school board, the fire board, the California Avocado Commission, the Resource Conservation District, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and the Vocational Education Advisory Committee for Agriculture. Add to that his work with the Future Farmers of America, the California Historical Society, the California Avocado Society, the American Legion, Boys’ State selection committee and you begin to get the picture.

When he is not running his avocado and lemon ranch, he relaxes by water skiing, motorcycle riding, beach walking and fishing. And today, as he has so often done in the past, Bill is helping with the Russell Cup, another form of relaxation for him and still another service to the community.

1983

Dick
Olmstead

Dick Olmstead was in his second year at Wayne State University in Detroit when the United States entered the Second World War, upsetting his plans for a career in coaching. So, instead of pacing the sidelines he found himself at the center of a different kind of action with a Navy Construction Battalion in the South Pacific.

Upon his return from overseas, Dick was stationed at Port Hueneme in December of 1944. It was then the Olmsteads took up residence in Carpinteria, that being the closest available housing he could find. And soon Dick had his opportunity to coach, assisting Frank Fielding with the undefeated Warrior football team of 1945.

But Dick found his real niche when he began officiating 37 years ago. He is now in charge of the instruction program for the Channel Coast Officials Association. He has refereed the CIF 4-A football championships in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum four times. And he began helping with the Russell Cup when meets were resumed after the war.

Dick has also found time to serve as scoutmaster of Troops 50 and 51 and was a scoutmaster of two troops at Jamborees at Colorado Springs and Farragut, Idaho. For his scouting work he was honored with a Life Membership in the PTA.

He was also made an Honorary Life Member in the Tri-Counties Blood Bank for donating over 50 pints of blood to the community.

Dick has been an active member of the Carpinteria Lions Club and in the past was in charge of Lions Park.

He saw sons Rick and Michael compete in sports at Carpinteria High School and is now looking forward to watching his granddaughters play ball for Carpinteria Girl’s Club. He will be there for all their games and will continue with any other sports activities that he can find the time for.

1982

Tyson
Willson

Those fans that have gathered near the finish line of the Russell Cup for the past 17 years are very familiar with the expression, “Runners are at their marks.” and “Runners, please stay in your lanes.” The familiar voice behind the comments is that of Tyson Willson, Head Finish Judge.

Tyson Willson began his teaching career in Carpinteria 27 years ago. During that time he has been an official in all but three Russell Cup meets, the past 17 as Head Finish Judge.

Tyson says that he most enjoys watching athletes compete that are children of his ex-students. It is especially interesting to watch them attempt to better their father’s records. Now, with the girls’ events added to the program there will be daughters seeking to break their mothers’ marks in the not too distant future.

Tyson has dedicated his time in Carpinteria serving the community in many areas in addition to his functions within the school system. The latest such accomplishment was heading a drive to raise funds to construct the Boys’ Club gymnasium. He is past president of many local organizations, including the American Field Service.

Tyson has often expressed pride in being part of the most historical continuous athletic event in Santa Barbara County. Now we have the opportunity to show our gratitude by appointing him Honorary Meet Director for the 1982 Russell Cup competition.

1981

Martin
Koobation

A familiar face at each annual Russell Cup track and field meet over the past quarter century has been that of Martin Koobation, principal of Carpinteria High School for the past fifteen years and teacher with the Carpinteria Unified School District since 1955.

Mr. Koobation has been a staunch supporter of all athletic programs on the high school campus and is a firm believer in the adage that “A student who competes on the athletic field will also compete in the classroom and will, in turn, compete in the more serious game of life.”

A graduate of Visalia High School, College of the Sequoias, and the California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, his entire professional career has been dedicated to the students of Carpinteria High School and the community of Carpinteria.

He will retire as principal of the high school on June 30, 1981 and the athletic department will miss the “man at the gate” at all home football and basketball games. His contributions to Carpinteria High School and to the Tri-Valley League, which he twice served as the president, will be long remembered. We hope that in retirement, he will continue to attend school activities and the face will remain familiar.

1980

Ken
Coffman

No one is more familiar with the history of pole-vaulting in the Russell Cup and at Carpinteria High than Honorary Meet Director Ken Coffman. Ken has been handling the pole vault for the Cup since 1945, and participated in the event in many prior meets.

His association with tack and field and the Russell Cup began in 1932 when, as a seventh grader, he was a contestant in what was then the Class D section of the meet. From 1935 through 1938, Ken competed as a pole vaulter on the Warrior track team, attaining a height of 12 feet 3 inches, no mean feat in those days of unyielding bamboo poles. “Unfortunately,” Ken says,”I was ever in the shadow of Frank Peterson, who was always six inches or so ahead of me.” (Peterson was an all-time Warrior standout; his long shadow enveloped many of his contemporaries.)

Following high school, Ken attended Santa Barbara State College, where his vaulting took him to 13 feet 2 inches. Then came World War II and Army Air Corps service as a glider pilot. Since then, he has accumulated thirty-six years of active and reserve time with the army.

A native of Colorado, Ken attended Carpinteria schools, elementary through high school. He married Mary Alice Hebel, a native Santa Barbaran, and they have raised a family of four boys and a girl. Fireman Scott Coffman is one of the Coffman sons.

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1979

Lou
Medel

Lucio (Lou) Medel was born in Carpinteria on December 15, 1920. He attended local schools and was active in sports, participating in both football and baseball during his high school years.

Lou Medel enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a Shipfitter 2nd Class in the Pacific Theater campaign. In 1941, he married the former Barbara Arellanes of Santa Barbara. The couple are parents of six children: Albert, Ken, Rich, Bill and twin daughters, Carolyn and Marilyn.

In 1950, Mr. Medel began operation of his own trucking business, “Medel's Trucking.” In 1970 he sold his trucking business and began his association with Calavo Growers. He was plant manager of their packinghouse in Santa Barbara until forced to retire in 1977 because of illness.

Also in 1950, he became an active member of the Carpinteria Lions Club and is presently a member of this service organization. Other community activities include membership in the VFW, American Legion, and PTA. Mr. Medel was institutional representative in the Mission Council for the Untied Men’s Lodge and had the honor of being its charter president.

In 1956, Lou Medel organized the Carpinteria Booster Club and was this active organization’s first president. He sponsored the following Booster projects: Awards banquets for the teams; Warm-up jackets for the football team members; and construction of the barbeque pits at the high school.

Mr. Medel coached Little League in the past and was elected and served two four year terms as a member of the board of trustees of the Carpinteria Unified School District.

It is our pleasure to present Lou Medel, who has served as Russell Cup finish judge in past years, as our 60th Annual Russell Cup Honorary Meet Director.

1978

Rollie
McIntyre

Roland W. (Rollie) McIntyre was born in 1922, coming to Carpinteria in 1926. He attended Carpinteria schools, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1941. In high school, he earned eleven varsity letters while competing in Warrior athletics, which entitled him to receive a Lifetime Pass to all home athletic contests. Rollie was active in all high school clubs as well as serving a class vice-president in 1941.

He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941 serving as a tail gunner in the 13th Air Force 477 Bomb Group. During this service Rollie experienced the misfortune of being shot down over Truk Island. He was discharged in 1945 and came back to Carpinteria. He and the former Ruth Kenyon were married soon after his return and have three children – Pamela, Nannette and Kenyon (Biff).

He was active in Cub and Girl Scouts and has a Life Membership in the P.T.A. Rollie is past president of the Booster Club, Carpinteria Lions Club and past Commander of the V.F.W. Rollie was a co-founder of A.F.S. in Carpinteria, serving as host family to Marta Basso from Argentina in 1963-64. He is a past member of the Carpinteria High School Board of Trustees and the County School Board redistrict organization. Rollie has served as a Russell Cup official for some thirty-six years.

It is with great pleasure that we present Rollie McIntyre as our Honorary Meet Director for the 59th Annual Russell Cup.

1977

Barney
Milne

Arthur W. (Barney) Milne was born in Santa Barbara in 1922 and moved to Carpinteria at age 5. He attended Carpinteria schools, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1941. In high school, he played varsity football for 4 years, being elected most valuable lineman in 1939 and 1940. He was also team captain his senior year. He played tennis, was class president and president of the Varsity Club and Hi-Y Club.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was a Military Policeman at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona and with the Atomic Bomb Group in Wendover, Utah. He was discharged in 1945 and returned home to farm.

He and the former Yvonne Shepard were married in 1945 and have two children, Gregory Shepard Milne and Shelley (Mrs. Tom) Turner, and one granddaughter, Heather Milne.

He was active in Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts and was an assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. He is a former Commander of the American Legion, former president of both the Carpinteria Lions Club and the Carpinteria Booster Club. He is on the board of directors of the Lions Sight Conservation Center, Carpinteria Cemetery District, Carpinteria Mosquito District and selected by the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year in 1962.

Barney has always been an active supporter of Warrior athletics. He has assisted John Bianchin in announcing Warrior football games for as long as most people can remember. He is one individual who always volunteers to assist in any project for which he sees merit. He is a doer, a worker, and a good friend to the Warrior athletic program.

It is with great pleasure that we present Barney Milne as our Honorary Meet Director for the 58th Annual Russell Cup.

1976

Lloyd
Erhard

Lloyd Erhard came to Carpinteria High School in 1957. Prior to that  our honorary director, had graduated for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a recipient of a Gold Lifetime Pass from UCSB. He then attended Redlands University for his fifth year of college education

Our Mr. Erhard coached and taught at Salinas High School before and after serving with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre. During his eight years at Beaumont High, he was voted Coach of the Year of Riverside County. This honor was bestowed in 1951.

Coach Erhard’s career in Carpinteria included serving as Athletic Director. Also, serving as the Director of City Recreation for twelve of those years.

In 1957, Coach Erhard’s first year at Carpinteria High, our Warriors finished second in Frontier League competition. Under his leadership our football teams wound up as Tri-Valley League champs for the 1962 and 1965 seasons.

Lloyd Erhard also served our community as Varsity Basketball Coach in the years 1958 and 1959 and, as Baseball Coach in the years from 1959 through 1966. At that time he retired from active coaching, but only temporarily it turned out. He returned in 1970 to again lend his strength to Carpinteria High School’s coaching staff as Assistant JV Football Coach and Assistant Baseball Coach. His last service to our high school athletic program was as Assistant Track Coach during the 1971 and ’72 season.

Lloyd Erhard also has his personal life. He married his college classmate, the former Helen Roddick. They have two daughters, Joan Stewart and Carol Ballesteros, and three grandchildren – Amy, Julie and Danny. His wife and daughters also took active roles in our community affairs.

Now in retirement, Coach Erhard frequently substitutes at the high school in whatever capacity needed. This long, loyal service to our High School and our community is the reason Lloyd Erhard has been chosen our Honored Meet Director of the Fifty-seventh Annual Russell Cup Track and Field Meet.

1975

John
Bianchin

The Honorary Meet Director of the 56th Annual Russell Cup Track and Field Meet needs no introduction to any Carpinteria sports fans. It is his “golden” voice we are all familiar with announcing Carpinteria’s sporting events. It is only when an unfamiliar voice is occasionally heard on the address system that everyone turns to his neighbor and asks, “Where’s Johnny?” This indicates the many hours donated in this one activity through the years.

Who is this John Bianchin? He was born in Livingston, Illinois, moving to Santa Barbara at age 8 and to Carpinteria in 1946. From an early age he was interested in and participated in sports of all kinds, going on to concentrate on tennis in junior high and to being an outstanding athlete at Santa Barbara High School. These achievements included quarterbacking two years of varsity football, track letterman in pole vault, low hurdles, also intra-mural basketball and baseball. These interests were rounded out by Mr. Bianchin’s being a member of the Hi-Y Council, Student Body officer, Athletic Manager, and member of Boys’ League. He also played varsity football at UCSB 1946-47.

The Army Air Force took over Mr. Bianchin’s interests when he became a gunner and radar operator in B-24’s during World War II. While serving, he was shot down over Czechoslovakia and became a German P.O.W. for 8 months, including 3 months forced road march. Mr. Bianchin was awarded an Air Medal and Purple Heart.

After returning to civilian life, Mr. Bianchin married Jane Franklin, a native Carpinterian, who he had met earlier while participating in Russell Cup meets. They have three children – David, a senior at College of Idaho; Nancy, a senior at Carpinteria High; and Jim, a freshman. This year Ruth Altermatt is a welcome member of the Bianchin family as an A.F.S. student.

The list of Mr. Bianchin’s contributions and honors is a long one, indicating his deep interest in our community: Russell Cup official for 24 years; Warrior football announcer for 24 years; charter member of the Booster Club and 2 term president; 2 years assisting as backfield football coach at the high school. In 1973 he was honored with the F.F.A. Chapter Farmer Award after receiving the 1972 yearbook dedication.

Through the years he served as Scoutmaster, troop committeeman and Mission Council committeeman. Played on the Merchants baseball team. Served this community as an organizer and director of the County Bank; as a member of the Santa Barbara Community College Advisory Committee; on the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau Advisory Board; the Santa Barbara County Soil Conservation District; Director of Calavo Growers, Inc.; and as President of the Lemon Men’s Club of California and Arizona.

While a 25 year member of the Carpinteria Lions Club, Mr. Bianchin has held all offices. During his year as president, the Club participated in the lighting of the Junior High tennis courts. Also, assisted in the installation of the lighting system at Memorial Field. He served three years as District Governor and on the White Cane and Student Speakers committee. At present, he is a member of the Tri-Counties Constitution & By-Laws Committee and of the Special Activities Committee, District 4 (California/Nevada).

Mr. Bianchin now keeps busy serving as a Director of Santa Barbara Coastal Lemon Assn., as a member of the California Avocado Advisory Board; American Legion; Carpinteria County Water District; and Santa Barbara Aquatic Assn. Committee. He is Grower Relations Representative of Calavo Growers, Inc., and Fieldman for Santa Barbara Coastal Lemon Assn. He has been a lemon/avocado grower since 1947, presently concentrating on avocados. He sold real estate for three years and has operated drug stores as Secretary of Conejo Drugs, Inc.

Our Mr. Bianchin is and has always been a very busy man. The uncountable hours he has generously given in so many areas are appreciated – than you, John Bianchin

1974

Elton
Castile

Mr. Elton Castile is the Honorary Track Meet Director for this year’s 55th Annual Russell Cup Meet. Mr. Castile was born in Slayton, Minnesota fifty-five years ago, but actually grew up in San Fernando where he attended Conoga Park High School. While attending UCLA, Mr. Castile remembers two athletes who were classmates of his, Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington. There is no question in his mind that Kenny Washington was the finest college athlete he ever had the pleasure to observe. Mt. Castile continued his college education in 1965 by enrolling at UCSB.

At the present, Mr. Castile teaches at Santa Ana Elementary School in the Ventura Unified School District during the day and attends night school in the evening. Even with this hectic schedule, Mr. Castile has always found time to devote to Carpinteria High School. He is cool, calm and collected in times of pressure which enables him to operate the time clock and scoreboard for the J.V. and Varsity basketball games, (he has done so for the past eleven years). During football season, Mr. Castile runs the J.V. clock and scoreboard. Mr. Castile believes very strongly that community support is very important for a successful High School sports program. Being an active spectator and supporter is just as important as being an active player. Mr. Castile further believes that learning to lose gracefully is just as important as winning as long as you try your hardest.

Mr. Castile has lived in Carpinteria for the past twenty years and he and his wife Marjorie have raised four children, Rick, Randy, Nancy and Sue. While attending Carpinteria High School, Rick won All-League honors in both basketball and football. Nancy was a Russell Cup Queen nine years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Castile are presently proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren. While interested in all sports, Mr. Castile enjoys playing golf very much.

The Athletic Department of Carpinteria High School is most appreciative of the long and untiring support Mr. Castile has given Warrior athletics during the years. It was with great pride and admiration that Mr. Elton Castile was selected as this year’s Honorary Russell Cup Meet Director.

1973

Dr. Horace
Coshow

Doctor Horace G. Coshow was born, raised and educated in Oregon State.  He and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Carpinteria in 1933.  Dr. Coshow started a medical practice that would last until his retirement in 1975.  The Coshows raised three children in Carpinteria—son, George and two daughters, Sue and Sally. 

Like most able-bodied men in the United States, World War II interrupted Dr. Coshow’s small town medical practice.  He served as a captain in the army medical corps stationed in Alaska and the Aleutians.

Dr. Coshow was a classic country doctor, making house calls and volunteering to serve his community in any way possible.  A partial list of his community activities and subsequent honors, follows:
• primary driving force for the establishment of the Santa Barbara County Medical Library at the Cottage Hospital
• assisted in establishing the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
• served on the staff of both the Cottage and St. Francis Hospitals
• president of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society
• honored as the Carpinteria Man of the Year
• member of the city parks and recreation commission
• president of the Carpinteria Lions Club and a member of the local Masonic Lodge
• Carpinteria High School team physician. 

Dr. Coshow gave free physicals to Carpinteria High School athletes and sat on the football bench at all home games, prepared to give immediate medical assistance, for as long as anyone can remember.

This long and selfless service to Carpinteria High School was recognized in 1973 with his selection as the Honorary Russell Cup Meet Director.

Dr. Horace G. Coshow passed away on January 7, 1989.

1972

George
Bliss

Mr. George Bliss is the Honorary Track Meet Director for this year’s 53rd Annual Russell Cup Meet. He has lived in Carpinteria for fifty years with his wife Marge, whom he married thirty years ago, and their three children. He has two sons, Terry and Tim, and a daughter, Wendy, all of whom attended Carpinteria schools.

Terry, like his father, participated in track and basketball while in high school. Wendy continued this interest in athletics by being a song leader at Carpinteria High School for four years.

Mr. Bliss has long been involved with the Annual Russell Cup Meet – as an athlete representing Carpinteria High School, a spectator, and a meet official. He participated as an athlete from 1932-36, setting a meet record in the 660 yard dash of 1:26, which stood unequaled for eleven years. Among Mr. Bliss’s fondest memories was his association with another Russell Cup great, the late Dale Schuyler.

Mr. Bliss feels strongly about the value of competing in athletics, “You don’t want to get away from athletics. It’s a good wholesome thing.”

This year’s Russell Cup committee is very pleased to have a man of Mr. Bliss’s long standing interest in local athletic prowess to honor as our 53rd Honorary Track Director.

1971

Dr. Fred
Greenough

“My first experience with the Russell Cup Track Meet was as a competitor. In 1918 I was a member of a group of elementary school pupils from Santa Paula Grammar School who competed in what must have been the first or second time the meet was held. I ran the fifty-yard dash and won a blue ribbon. That is all I recall of the event except that it started my interest in track and field.” Ever since the beginning, Dr. Fred Greenough has, in some way, been associated with the Russell Cup. From 1918 when he and the Russell Cup were first starting out, until now as he is being honored as the Honorary Meet Director.

In 1918 when Dr. Greenough first ran, the meet consisted of five schools counting Carpinteria and Santa Paula. As Carpinteria High School grew so did the track meet. In 1924, Dr. Greenough was a competitor once more, this time representing Santa Barbara High School as a pole vaulter. He won a medal but can’t seem to remember what place it was for. It was during this meet that they dropped the grammar school division.

Eight years later, Dr. Greenough returned to high school, only this time as a teacher in Carpinteria. This was the real beginning of a long association with the track meet. He was hired to teach art and music and volunteered to coach athletics. He was the assistant football coach, “B” basketball coach and the track and field coach. During his 10 years as a teacher, he had the privilege to coach in track: Elmer Martin, James Peterson, Ralph Wood, Rollie McIntyre, Pete Franco and many more. He spent a great amount of time and effort in coaching the pole vaulters. The most outstanding of all the pole vaulting records was made by James Peterson in 1936 when he cleared 13’ 3 ½” when he was a senior.

In 1941, Dr. Greenough became Superintendent-Principal but continued to participate in athletics by managing the Russell Cup Track Meet. During his years as manger, new ideas such as classifications of competitors A-B-C, intermediate distance races of 660 and 1320 yards for classes B and C, and the use of starting blocks for sprinters came about. In 1948, they realized that no official records could be claimed in the sprints because the track had a drop of over five feet on the 220 yard straightaway. The student body and the school board raised enough funds to relocate the football field and realign the track. It was completed in 1949 and the first meet with official records was held in 1950.

Among many of the changes he has seen take place over the years are: the athletic events for high school girls, the reigning of Queens over the track meet, the division of larger and smaller schools and the addition of different types of events for the athletes. But aside from the usual changes of new events and different classifications, Dr. Greenough has noticed an overall improvement in the performing ability of athletes. The setting of better records and more physically fit athletes area sign of better coaching and more interest and time spent in preparation for each area of the sport.

Over the years the Carpinteria Russell Cup Track Meet has acquired a reputation for one of the oldest and most outstanding high school track and field meets. It has gained this reputation with people in the community, as well as the athletes that perform, working together. Dr.  Fred Greenough has given his time and energy willingly and enthusiastically to help make the Russell Cup Track Meet successful. It was with great respect that he was chosen to be this year’s Honorary Meet Director.

Paula Bianchin, El Rincon Editor

1970

Mannie
Solari

The Honorary Russell Cup Meet Director for 1970 is Mr. E. D. (Mannie) Solari. Mr. Solari, along with Mr. Fred Greenough, was instrumental in influencing the American Legion to co-sponsor the meet. Mr. Solari has officiated at every Russell Cup but one since 1922 as well. Always interested in school affairs, Mr. Solari served on the Board of Trustees for 21 years, and refereed many of the first football games played at Carpinteria High. Active in the American Legion, he has served three times as Commander of Post #62, was 16th District Commander in 1936 and Vice-Commander for the State of California in 1944.

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