By Lynn Jones – Following a controversial switch from its longtime home at the nothside’s Raines High School, the Bob Hayes Track Meet opened up at its new home at the University of North Florida.
The 58th Bob Hayes Invitational Tack and Field Meet (BHITM) was held in front of a rainy crowd of revelers, alumni, teachers, students, coaches and fans. The week of events included a worship service, workshop and volunteer dinner, press conference, officials/coach’s Hall of Fame induction reception and VIP cook-out and the Bob Hayes Olympic experience exhibit.
The highlights of the athletic events were held for two days where more than 2k students participated in the meet. On Friday 600 middle school students competed in the sprint and relay track events followed by Saturday’s high school students events including the high/long jump, pole vole, shot put and disc competitions. Regarded as the “World’s Fastest Human” and nicknamed ‘Bullet Bob;’ Hayes name resonates throughout the world for his athleticism as an Olympic gold medalist and National Football League player for the Dallas Cowboys. He is the only athlete to win both a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic gold medal. Stay tuned as the BHITM team prepare for the scheduled May 1, 2023 James “Coach” Day Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament at Eagle Landing Golf Club. For more info visit www.bhitm22.org.
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