Seven joining provincial hall of fame

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TRACK AND FIELD

The Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Hall of Fame is set to induct seven new members later this month.

The Hall's selection committee has named Jim Browne (builder), Cyril Power (athlete-builder), and athletes Dennis Furlong, Robert Fowlow, Jim Jackson, Cyril Power and Joe Ryan as the new inductees

The Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Hall of Fame is set to induct seven new members later this month.

The Hall's selection committee has named Jim Browne (builder), Cyril Power (athlete-builder), and athletes Dennis Furlong, Robert Fowlow, Jim Jackson, Cyril Power and Joe Ryan as the new inductees

The group will be inducted in a ceremony July 15 at the Pearlgate Track and Field facility in Mount Pearl.

Jim Browne


First elected provincial track and field president in 1962, Browne was instrumental in a track being built around King George V Park, allowing meets to take place there until a new facility could be constructed. In 1968 Browne was elected first vice-president with track and field's national governing body.

Browne also aided the development of track and field sports through his reporting work for the Evening Telegram and VOCM radio. In 2003, he was added to the media wall of fame in the Bob Cole Press Box at Mile One Centre in St. John's.

Robert Fowlow


A native of Trinity, Fowlow was educated at St. Bon's before emigrating to the United States with his family in 1898 when he was a teenager. He became the first Newfoundland native to compete in an Olympic event when he ran the marathon at the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis. Fowlow, who became an American citizen in 1906, competed in four Boston Marathons, his best finish in that race being a second to Tom Longboat in the 1907 running.

For a period of 41 days in early 1909, Fowlow held the world marathon record of 2:52:45.4.

Dennis Furlong


Furlong's success in track and field began in the early 1950s at St. Bon's sports days and Christian Brothers track meets. At 17, he won seven events at the provincial championships and later went undefeated in the quarter- and half-mile events while competing for the University of New Brunswick.

He twice coached the province's Canada Games track and field teams and later served as technical director for the 1985 Canada Games meet in Saint John, N.B. Furlong also served as a Level 4 national field ref, an international race-walk judge and international technical official.

Furlong, who competed and set age-group records into his 50s, moved into politics in New Brunswick. He was that province's Minister of Sport and Recreation and minister responsible for the 2003 Canada Games in northern N.B.

Jim Jackson


Over 20 years of competition, Jackson racked up numerous titles in walk and running events. In 1957 alone, Jackson won the one-mile walk and run, the five-mile walk, and the six-mile run at the provincial championships, and added victories in the Tely 10, 10-mile walk and 20-mile walk and 26-mile marathon.

In 1963, Jackson set a new record of 2:54:04 in the 20-mile walk.

Adrian Miller


The "Feildian Strongman" as he was known, Miller built a track and field career that spans more than 40 years.

From 1948 to the early 1960s, the Bell Island native competed in the javelin, discus and hammer throw, amassing 10 first-place finishes, seven seconds and eight thirds.

Miller is already a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports, the Bell Island Sports and provincial soccer halls of fame.

Cyril Power

Power established his dominance in the pole vault event at the provincial championships in the 1940s, winning in 1940, '42, '45 and '47. He was second in 1944 and third in 1943 and '46.

At an international meet held at the U.S. naval station at Argentia in 1945, Power won the 100-yard high hurdles, placed second in the high jump and the 220-yard high hurdles, making him the meet's top point-getter.

Power is also a member of the provincial sports, hockey and basketball halls of fame.

Joe Ryan

A 37-time Tely 10 participant, Ryan won the event in 1969 and has produced 21 times under 60 minutes, earning a medal in his age group in 2008.

Off the course, Ryan served as Tely 10 committee chair through the late 1970s and early 80s and against from 1997 to 2007. He's also been chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association road race committee and has served on the Run Canada board in addition to officiating duties.

Of the 48 marathons he's completed, eight have been Boston Marathons.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Hall, Canada Games, Bob Cole Press Box Christian Brothers University of New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Bell Island Sports Argentia Tely 10 committee Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association Run Canada board

Geographic location: United States, Mount Pearl, King George V Park St. John's Trinity Newfoundland St. Louis Saint John New Brunswick Northern N.B. Bell Island

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