Five Officials Added To Drake Relays Wall Of Honor
DES MOINES, Iowa--Five officials were added this year to the Drake Relays Officials Wall of Honor, including Dan Gullion, Scott Justice, Steve Justice, George Katterman and Jerry Quick.
The Wall of Honor was established in 1993, thanks to the family of Ray McAdam, a 40-year Relays official who died in 1993. His son, Scott, has been a Drake Relays official since 1969 and currently serves as chief judge of throwing events.
Gullion's attachment to the Drake Relays began in 1947 when, as he says, he skipped school at Chariton High to hitch a ride to the Relays. He has had nearly perfect attendance at the event, except for two years serving in the military. Gullion retired from the Ottumwa School District in 1994 after 37 years as a history teacher and football and track coach. He started as a Relays official in 1983, the same year his son Jeff was manager of the Drake track team. Gullion's first assignment was as a finish judge. When electronic timing was implemented he moved to the decathlon and heptathlon, and retired after 25 years of service.
Scott and Steve Justice are members of the infield crew, which is vital to the ongoing operations of the Relays. Steve graduated from Ankeny High School in 1965, and went on to Truman State where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees. He then taught and coached at Saydel for 12 seasons before joining the Rice University staff in track and field as well as baseball. Steve began a long service at the Drake Relays in 1985, concentrating on meet operations.
Scott Justice started at the Relays in 1986 after his brother convinced him to make it an annual brothers get-together. Although living in Ankeny, he had never attended the Relays. Scott moved away in the late 1970s before returning in 1986. Though he now lives in Tulsa, like so many other officials he makes a long trek annually to work at "America's Athletic Classic."
George Kattermann has had a background as an official at both the Penn and Drake Relays. After prepping at a Dover, N.J., high school, he went on to run at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on two winning relays teams, competing in the 1959 Pan American Games and running for the U.S. Navy in the Armed Services Championships. Katterman officiated as an umpire/inspector at the Penn Relays for 20 years before moving to Des Moines and serving at Drake for another 25 years. His service also includes IC4A and NCAA affairs, as well as 10 years at Arizona State meets and the Pac-10 championships.
Jerry Quick's first experience at the Relays came in 1975 when he was thrilled to watch Harvey Glance in the 100 meters. Jerry had not run track previously, but fell in love with the sport and ran for Johnston High School four years at the Relays, followed by four more for Central College. He became a Drake timer in 1985, was an umpire from 1986-2011, and this year serves as assistant chief umpire. Three of his children have also competed in track and field at Johnston High School, with two of them also running for Bethel University at Drake.
The Drake Relays honor and thank all officials for their long and loyal years of service to the Relays.