Track and Field: Ragin’ Cajuns Legend Hollis Conway Named to National Track & Field Induction Class
INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Olympic medalist and former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns track and field athlete Hollis Conway was one of six members named to the 42nd National Track and Field Hall of Fame induction class, announced on Tuesday at USA Track and Field.
The reigning American indoor record holder in the high jump, Conway is joined in the 2015 class by four-time World Champion Allen Johnson, Ralph Mann, Al Blozis, Jack Torrance and coach Harry Gill.
The group will be honored on Oct. 29 at USATF’s Black Tie and Sneakers Gala, hosted at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.
Conway, a six-time NCAA All-American, three-time NCAA champion for the Ragin’ Cajuns and current American record-holder in the indoor high jump, claimed the silver medal in the high jump at the 1988 Games in Seoul, Korea before adding a bronze medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. The former Ragin’ Cajun broke three American records in his collegiate career, jumping 7-9 ¾ at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, 7-9 ¼ at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 7-10 at the U.S. Olympic Festival.
He set the current American indoor record of 7-10 ½ in 1991 to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Seville. Conway was ranked No. 1 in the United States in the high jump from 1988-94 and was No. 1 in the world rankings in 1990-91.
A four-year letterwinner on the track from 1986-89, Conway was named the Outstanding Performer at the 1988 American South Conference Championships and claimed six conference titles, including long jump titles at the 1988 and 1989 ASC Championships.
Conway claimed the gold medal at both the 1991 Pan American Games and the World University Games. Conway competed three times in the World Track and Field Championships, earning a bronze medal at the 1991 Games. In his career, Conway recorded 76 jumps of over 7-6 ¼, posted 29 jumps of over 7-8 and three jumps over 7-10.
An Olympic champion, four-time World Outdoor champion and former world record holder, Johnson is one of the most decorated 110-meter hurdlers of all-time.
Mann won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and is actively engaged in the sport as one of the world’s premier sport scientists. Shot put legends Torrance, who set three world records, and Blozis, who dominated the world list, join Mann as veteran athlete inductees.
Inducted as a Hall of Fame coach is Gill, who organized the very first NCAA championship in any sport before leading the University of Illinois to a combined 22 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Athletic Network Footnote by Ed Dugas:
Please click here for Hollis’ AN profile.
Click here for Hollis (3rd from left) at the 2012 Track & Field Reunion with Track & Field UL Hall of Fame Members.