Flyers cross country host memorial race
The 5th Annual Don Hall Memorial Invitational, hosted by Maryvale High School, saw 129 runners from eight area schools participate in Tuesday’s event held to secure the memory of long-time Maryvale teacher, cross country and track coach Donald L. Hall.
Hall served as a teacher, summer school principal and coach during his 34 and a half year career in the Maryvale School System before retiring in 1991.
His career as a coach spanned 29 years, coaching spring track for 27 years and cross-country for 26 years. In addition, in 1978 he started the winter track program at the school, which he coached for 12 years.
Hall received praise for his leadership and dedication from local coaches and runners as he was often referred to as the "dean" of indoor track.
In January of 1997, Hall passed away but his memory and the tradition of Maryvale Cross-Country did not die with him. That year the school renamed the invitational.
In addition to the Don Hall Memorial meet, Hall is also remembered through an annual scholarship which bears his name and is given to a graduating boy and girl. Hall was inducted in 1998 to the Maryvale High School Wall of Fame.
For years Maryvale has hosted the Annual Maryvale Cross-Country Invitational. Teams from all over the area are invited to the school to compete in the race with a distance just over three miles.
Each year several members of the Hall family and many of Don’s colleagues hold the event as the number of schools and participates has grown.
This year Maryvale played host to seven other schools including hometown rivals Cleveland Hill and JFK with 80 boys and 49 girls running.
In the boys race, JFK captured second with 66 points, CleveHill nabbed sixth and Maryvale was seventh.
On the girls side, Depew took second place with 63 points while CleveHill placed fifth and Maryvale was ninth.