Giesting inducted into the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame | Local Sports

The Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches will inaugurate its 2023 class on June 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. with a complimentary reception at the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame Museum (5353 East Margaret Drive, I-70 exit 11B). . followed by the official introduction and dinner ($35) at the banquet facilities at Idle Creek Golf Course, 5353 Ryanne Marie Lane, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802.

Female Initiates

Abby Farley – Park Tudor High School

Abby was a three-time IHSAA 800-meter state champion with a 2:09.50 in 2010, including 2 state records, and improved on that in 2011 with a 2:08.91. She was a 2011 All-State 4×400 relay member. Farley placed third at the 2011 New Balance Nationals. She attended Duke University and received All-East Outdoor and All-ACC honors with the 4×400 relay and DMR, respectively. Farley’s College 800 PR was 2:06.02

Bethany and Brittany Neeley – Eastern Greentown High School

Bethany was a two-time 1600-meter IHSAA champion, in 2012 in 4:53.95 and 2013 in 4:53.37. Neeley was a member of the current All-Time Best 4×800 relay. She was named Miss Indiana Track and Field Athlete of the Year, IHSAA Track & Field Mental Attitude Award, Pan American Junior Team member, 2012 All State Cross Country honoree and seven-time IHSAA medalist. Attended Indiana University and finished her racing career at North Carolina State University.

Brittany held the all-time best 800-meter record (2:06.68) for six years and is currently the third best of all time. She is 17th on the all-time 1600 meter list at 4:50.18 in 2013 and is a member of the current All-Time Best 800 relay. She was the IHSAA basketball recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award, IHSAA state champion in the 800-meter dash, and an alternate member of the Pan American Junior Team. She attended Indiana University and finished her racing career at Indiana State University.

Male Initiates

Jordan Fife- Seymour

Fife was a 2 time State Qualifier in Cross Country and Track (3200). All-State in Cross Country in 2001, set Indiana record in the 1500 meter, mile, steeplechase and 5000 meter. 12-time all-conference in MVC, NCAA All-American in steeplechase, still holds ISU steeplechase record. All-American in the NCAA Steeplechase in 2006 and 2007, Fife was a qualifier for the USA Championships eight times. Participated in 2 Olympic Trials (2008 & 2012) and 2 USA Indoor Championships. He was the fourth Indiana Native to run a mile under 4:00.

Chris Giesting – Batesville High School

Giesting finished his high school career with a 400-meter IHSAA championship in 2011 (47.33) after finishing third in 2010. He attended Notre Dame and along with Patrick Feeney, New Palestine, they rewrote the ND record book. He held the ND records indoor 400 meters 45.74 and outdoor 400 meters 45.53. He was a 7-time NCAA All-American qualifier and a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier.


David Woods – Former Indianapolis Star sportswriter

Woods wrote about Olympic sports in the Indianapolis Star from 1994 to 2022 and is now a freelance trackwriter. In 1996 he began reporting personally on the Summer Olympics. Woods is the only four-time winner of the Track and Field Writers of America’s Jesse Abramson Award for journalism. He has received more than 30 national and state writing awards and is a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.


Mark Harsha – Portage High School

Coach Harsha has been coaching for 29 years. He spent his first four years at Rensselaer Central High School under the tutelage of Indiana Hall of Fame coaches Gene Edmonds and Bill Zimmer. He spent the remaining years at Portage High School. Harsha was a competition throwing coach for 24 of his 29 years. During that time, he has coached 37 state finalists, two National High School shot put champions, 7 IHSAA state champions and three All-Americans, one IHSAA state runner-up, and 16 IHSAA state medalists. One of his former athletes (Tori Bliss) holds the record for women’s competition. Bliss was ranked number one in the nation in her senior year. Since 2004, he has also served as an officer with the National Throwing Coaches Association. Harsha was a Midwest All-Star staffer for three years. His strong belief in education has led him to organize several clinics and camps for athletes and coaches.

Thom Smith – New Prairie High School

The Smith girls’ cross country team had IHSAA state champion Carol Gray in 1984 and 1985, 3rd place in 1985 and 4th place in 1983. His team had 3 top 10 finishes, 6th in 2000, 6th in 2001 and 10th in 2002. He has 22 other individual IHSAA state qualifiers, four IHSAA Sectional Champions, 10 All-State athletes, 20 Northern State Conference titles in 33 years as a coach with a regular season record of 324 wins and 111 losses. Smith was the first Indiana Middle East All-Star Cross Country Coach in 1987. The New Prairie Cross County course is named for its leadership at the New Prairie Invitational Cross Country Meet. He skated at North Manchester High School under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Dick Miller and finished 15th in cross country in 1972.


2013 4×800 relay Eastern Greentown High School

Brittany Neeley, Bethany Neeley, Jessica Sprinkles and Sarah Wagner made up the Eastern High School 4×800-meter relay that in 2013 broke the 2006 Chesterton High School record of 9:03.77 by 10.03 seconds. Her record is the current state all-time best, West Lafayette’s 2015 time of 8:58.72 was her closed challenger.


Roy Conrad-Darlington

Conrad was the 1907 IHSAA world champion in the long jump (21’4.2″) with a record. He attended Earlham College and became their most outstanding athlete in both track and field until 1954, when he set six records, including four that lasted 43 years. Long jump (22’10”), 220 (21.4), 100 (9.8), and 4×440 relay (3:25.4, his split 48.0). After college, Conrad became an associate director at the YMCA in Moline, Illinois before becoming a career basketball coach at Augustana College.

James Harper-Hammond

Harper was a two-time IHSAA state champion in the high jump. His 1949 jump of 6’2.625” was second in the state all-time best, second only to Jerry Gracin of Gary Froebel’s Hall of Fame in 1933. Harper attended Indiana University and became the 1951 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Champion. He taught in the Chicago School System for over 40 years.


Ed Glover – Crown Point

Glover never had the opportunity to compete in the IHSAA State Championships, but attended Purdue University and became a 1905 Western (Big Ten) Conference and AAU Champion. He coached 1905 IHSAA pole vault champion Luther Rudolph. He was third at the 1906 Athens Olympics (since renamed). He became a coach at Crown Point High School (all sports) and then a lawyer. This led him into politics as Mayor of Crown Point.

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