Six locals among Pa. track hall inductees

Posted: March 01, 2014

Former Methacton star Ryann Krais and Chester coach Jamie Wharton are among the six locals and 14 athletes, coaches, and contributors who will be inducted into the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Gary LeJambre, a 1984 Bristol graduate, also will enter the Hall, along with Jim Morrison (Pennsbury, 1972), former West Catholic coach Jack Glascott, and contributor and former coach Harry Lewis.

Krais, who graduated from Methacton in 2008 and went on to win the 2011 NCAA heptathlon title for Kansas State, set 11 state records and won nine PIAA state championships.

Wharton, a 1982 Chester alumnus, was a state-record holder in the 800 meters and won the event as a senior at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento. He started coaching the Clippers in 1994.

LeJambre was a two-time PIAA Class AA shot-put champion and, as a senior, set an AA meet record that would last seven years.

Morrison is one of the top milers in state history. His best time, 4 minutes, 11.9 seconds, placed him fourth on the state's all-time list.

Glascott coached West Catholic from 1923 to 1942 and led the team to 14 Catholic League championships in his 20 years, turning the program into a national power.

Lewis was a coach, administrator, meet director, and official. He was track meet director for District 1, and has been an official at the Penn Relays for more than 35 years. As a coach, he led Coatesville to a PIAA Class AAA team championship in 1977.

The inductions will take place at the indoor state track and field championships at Penn State.

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