Six Former Wolverines Selected for U-M Track & Field Hall of Fame

April 18, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's track and field head coach Fred LaPlante announced the program's six-man induction class to the U-M Track and Field Hall of Fame on Wednesday (April 18). The inductees include Howard Hoffman (1920-22), Edwin Russell (1930-32), Mamon Gibson (1957-59), John Mann (1970-72), Steve Adams (1971-74) and Gerard Donakowski (1981-83).

This year's group marks the eighth class of inductees into the Hall of Fame, which is comprised of 68 former student-athletes and coaches. The inaugural class was inducted in 2006.

Howard Hoffman, '22
One of two throwers in this year's induction class, Howard Hoffman (1920-22) became a national champion and All-American in the javelin in 1922 with a throw of 202-3 feet. He won back-to-back Big Ten javelin titles in 1920 and 1921.
Edwin Russell, '32
Edwin Russell (1930-32) became a two-time outdoor All-American in 1932 after placing fourth in the 440-yard dash and second in the 880-yard run at the NCAA Championships. He won four Big Ten titles, capturing the indoor and outdoor 440-yard dash crowns in 1931 and 1932. He led Michigan to a Big Ten indoor championship in 1931. In 1932, Russell represented the Wolverines as a team captain and earned the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor for his efforts on the track.
Mamon Gibson, '59
Mamon Gibson (1957-59) is one of just two Wolverines to earn All-America honors twice in the pole vault and the only athlete in program history to do so in outdoor track and field. He received back-to-back All-America honors in 1958 and 1959, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. In 1959, the team captain also won the Penn Relays and Big Ten indoor title in the pole vault, leading Michigan to the Big Ten indoor team title.
John Mann, '71
John Mann (1970-72) earned his first All-America honor at the 1971 NCAA Indoor Championships, placing fourth in the high jump. In the ensuing outdoor season, he became a two-time All-American after finishing sixth at the national meet. As a freshman, he won the 1970 Big Ten outdoor high jump title. Mann was selected to represent the Wolverines as team captain in his final season in 1972.
Steve Adams, '72
Steve Adams (1971-74) holds 30-year-old Michigan records in the indoor (61-0.00 ft.) and outdoor (60-11.75 ft.) shot put and also owns the third-best throw in program history in the discus at 185-1.00 ft. He is a four-time Big Ten champion, winning the shot put indoor and discus outdoors in 1973 and 1974. In 1972, Adams won the Penn Relays discus title with a mark of 125-0 ft. As a senior in 1974, he was elected to represent the Wolverines as a team captain.
Gerard Donakowski, '83
The only distance runner in this year's class, Gerard Donakowski (1981-83) owns the second-fastest indoor two-mile time (8:32.61) and fourth-best indoor three-mile (13:26.30) in program history. At the 1983 NCAA Indoor Championships, he earned All-America honors in the two-mile, finishing fourth. He capped the 1983 outdoor season as an All-American in the 10,000-meter run after finishing third at the national meet. Donakowski is a three-time Big Ten champion, winning the indoor three-mile run in 1982 and 1983 and the outdoor 10,000-meter run in 1983. The 1983 team captain also won the Penn Relays 5,000-meter title that year.

The Class of Fall 2012 will be inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner at the U-M Indoor Track Building on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Further details will be announced at a later date.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423