RMSHS alum part of initial Hall of Fame class


Telegram Reports

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gene Cherry, a longtime sports writer who grew up in Rocky Mount, will be part of the initial class of the newly created N.C. Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame, according to a press release sent out earlier this week by Brett Honeycutt, who founded the institution.

The Rocky Mount native’s induction will be as a media member.

Cherry, who graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High in 1960, then from N.C. State, has enjoyed a long career as a track and field writer with publications that include the Raleigh News & Observer. He currently covers the sport for Reuters. For a long time, in the pre-internet days, he was in charge of compiling and sending out lists of the state’s best athletes in track and field.

Over the course of his career, he has covered 10 Olympics and all 16 World Championships in Athletics, according to the press release. Cherry is also the only member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Press and Media Operations Advisory Group from North America.

For those interested, the induction ceremony for Cherry and the nine other people selected will be held on Jan. 26 in Winston-Salem at the  Mondo Elite High School Invitational at the JDL Fast Track, according to the press release, which is also where the hall of fame will be located.