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Great Stories of Okemos High School Athletes
and Their Life Beyond High School
Histories.Memoirs.Stories.Nominations for our
Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Website
If you have a Story, Memoir or Nomination for Athletics, contact: Jay Guertin '65 or Mike Baker '65 Click the article to read it!
Class of 1964
The First State Champion Wrestler in OHS History
Twice High School State Wrestling Champ and Top Ten Academics
Big Ten College Wrestling Champ
National reputation for Medical practice and research
Class of 1965
"The 95 pound State Champ" by Jay Guertin
NCAA and Four Times Big 10 Championship Team
College Professor and A lifetime of achievements
Class of 1963
The 1966 Football Team
"The Story of Champions, an Adventure in 9 parts."
published by the Towne Courier by Tim Staudt
International Swimming Star
Judy set the stage for Syncronized Swimming as an Olympic sport
Lansing State Journal, April 21, 1957, page 49:
Class of 1959
Elizabeth Gwynne "Betsy" Fox
Building on the work of Judy Haga '53, Betsy performed in the 1960 Olympics in Syncronized Swimming as a demonstration event. The sport is now a competitive sport in the Olympics.
Class of 1925 Eugene Williams
The First Celebrated Athlete of Okemos Consolidated School
Triple silver medal winner at the 3rd Annual Field Day Meet of the Rural Agricultural Consolidated League at Michigan State College
Valedictorian of his graduating Class at age 16
Compiled and Written by Sherrie Paty
Lettered in Track and Championship Cross-Country Team at Michigan State College
Class of 1930
Member of the 1929 and 1930 State Championship Track and Field Team
and the Two time State Champion in the Javelin Throw
Class of 1937
from Track Star to the Board of Education
Record Holder for High Hurdles and Broad Jump lasted into the 1950's
Lansing State Journal, May 6, 1937; Lansing State Journal, May 8, 1936
The 1986 Cross Country Team
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The First OHS State Champions
(and their coach)
John Quiring, Coach Track and Cross-Country
Coach John Quiring nominated for the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
I nominate, John Quiring an accomplished teacher, track and cross country coach to the Alumni Hall of Fame. In my freshman year in the fall of 1978, John started coaching cross country at Okemos. Coach Q (as we know him) taught us lessons in the class room, on the track and the cross country courses of lower Michigan that I will never forget. He made "learning easy" and instilled in many of us the love of running and teamwork. A small number of us ran all four years with the cross county team. Although the awards in those years where limited, our time together and lessons from Coach Q stay with us today. Coach Q touched the lives of many over his thirty plus years at Okemos. Those who were coached by "Q" know of his disciplined approach to personal development and his generous spirit.
Notable coaching accomplishments include; his cross country teams won 29 league titles, 20 regional titles and the 1986 Boys' State Championship. Coach Q was a member of the Okemos Community Church, past president of the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association, and a devoted member of his community.
Jeff Preston - Class of 1982
Class of 1969
One for the record books...and 17 more years!
For 2 years, Charlie set and reset the 2 mile record. His incredible time was posted on the wall for over a decade and a half.
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Compiled by Rod Ellis '65