Michigan Announces Eight-Member Hall of Fame Class
March 16, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team announced its 2011 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday (March 16), featuring eight former greats. The inductees are Nelson Kellogg (1901-04), John Landowski (1922), Holly Campbell (1927-30), Ralph Schwarzkopf (1938-40), John Ross (1952-54), Dan Heikkinen (1977-81), Jon Royce (1993-96) and head coach Keene Fitzpatrick (1901-11).
Kellogg was a four-time Big Ten champion in the outdoor two-mile run, winning the conference crown every year from 1901-04, the first person to accomplish the feat all four years. After graduating from Michigan, Kellogg coached football, baseball and basketball at Northern Illinois University, and went on to become the athletic director at the University of Iowa (1910-17), Purdue (1919-30) and Lehigh (1934-39). He also served in World War I.
Landowski was the nation's top pole vaulter in 1922. He won the national title in that event (outdoor), was an NCAA All-American and Big Ten champion.
Campbell, a native of Larium, Mich., was the nation's top hammer thrower in 1930. He won the national title in that event (outdoor), was an NCAA All-American and Big Ten champion. He is also the last Michigan athlete to win an outdoor conference title in the hammer throw. After graduating, Campbell was a mining engineer and worked with Merchant & Miners Bank in Calumet, Mich. He also spent some time living in Quebec.
Schwarzkopf, a native of Saginaw, Mich., was a two-time NCAA All-American (1939-40) and a two-time Big Ten champion, winning the outdoor two-mile run in 1939 and the indoor two-mile run in 1940. He served in the Army Air Force Weather Wing during World War II, stationed in Asheville, N.C. He continued to live in Asheville following the war, and became an executive Stanford Webb Insurance Agency.
Ross was a four-time Big Ten champion, winning the indoor mile three years in a row from 1952-54 and the outdoor mile in 1952. Ross was an NCAA Outdoor All-American in 1952, finishing fifth in the 1,500-meter run. He also represented the Canadian Olympic team at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, running the 800- and 1,500-meter runs (did not place in either).
Heikkinen was a six-time NCAA All-American (including cross country); twice on the indoor DMR (in 1981 an 1982) and once in the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (1980). He was also a two-time Big Ten champion, and a 1980 Olympic Trials finalist, finishing sixth in the steeplechase. Heikkinen made the U.S. Cross Country team in 1982, and competed in the World Championships that same year. He made the USA Indoor Track and Field team the next year (1983), but his career ended soon after due to injury. He graduated from the U-M School of Art & Design in 1981, and is now a local sculptor, artist and entrepreneur, having founded Heikkinen Productions in Ypsilanti 22 years ago. He created the Wolverine statue that sits outside the College of Engineering, and is also responsible for creating three other pieces around campus.
Royce was a three-time NCAA Indoor All-American in the high jump, achieving the honor in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He was also a two-time Big Ten champion, winning the indoor competition in 1994 and outdoor competition in 1996. He holds the school record for indoor and outdoor high jump -- both at 7-4 1/2 ft. (tied with Mike Lattany for indoor).
Fitzpatrick was the first head coach in the history of the program from 1896-1910; Michigan first recognized men's track and field as a varsity sport in 1901. In an October 1932 edition of the Titusville (Pa.) Herald, Fitzpatrick was called "one of the pioneers of intercollegiate sport."
During Fitzpatrick's tenure, Michigan captured six western conference team championships (no national meets until 1921) and was 24-2-1 in dual-meet competition. Fitzpatrick tutored multiple Olympic gold medalists during his time at Michigan, including fellow U-M Track and Field Hall of Famers Archie Hahn, Ralph Rose, Ralph Craig, Charles Dvorak and Charles Schule. Prior to being named head coach, Fitzpatrick was the head trainer for the U-M football team (1894-96). He left Michigan in 1910 for a job at Princeton, which he held for 22 years before retiring in 1932. He was also credited for inventing the technique for pole vaulters.
The Hall of Fame began in 2006. The honorees will be formally inducted at the men's track and field banquet on Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at the Junge Champions Center.