VITFF Hall of Fame Announces Its First Class

Laverne Jones-Ferrette and Allison Peter are inducted into the first class of the Virgin Islands Track and Field Hall of Fame (IOC photo)

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) was founded in 1963. It is one of the founding members of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC).

For over 55 years, track and field has been a popular sport in the territory for boys and girls, men and women, and it has produced generations of productive citizens.

In conjunction with its 55th anniversary, the Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) recognizes the inauguration of The VITFF Hall of Fame.

The goal of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor athletes, coaches and others who have participated in the disciplines of track and field, including: track and field, cross-country, road running, race walking, ultra-running, mountain running and trail running and made significant contributions to the sport.

The Hall of Fame is sanctioned by the VITFF; it is founded and managed by Ronald Russell OLY, president; and Wallace Williams OLY, general secretary of VITFF.

The first class of The Virgin Islands Track and Field Hall of Fame is comprised of Virgin Islands USA Olympic track and field athletes:
Allison Peter
London 2012 100meters, 200meters
Ameerah Bello
Sydney 2000 100meters
Atlanta 1996 200meters, 400meters, 4 x 100meters relay
Ana Gutierrez
Barcelona 1992 Marathon
Brian Morrisette
Los Angles 1984 Pole Vault
Calhern George
Munich 1972 100meters
Calvin Dallas
Barcelona 1992 Marathon
Seoul 1988 Marathon
Carl Plaskett
Mexico 1968 200meters
Derry Pemberton
Barcelona 1992 4 x 100meters relay
Desi Wynter
Barcelona 1992 400meters
Seoul 1988 400meters
Eddie Lovett
Rio de Janeiro 2016 110meters hurdles
Flora Hyacinth
Sydney 2000 Long Jump
Atlanta 1996 Long Jump
Barcelona 1992 Long Jump
Franklin Blyden
Mexico 1968 110meters hurdles
Hank Klein
Montreal 1976 20Kilometer Walk
Jeff Jackson
Sydney 2000 110meters hurdles
Jilma Patrick
Atlanta 1996 4 x 100meters relay
Jimmy Flemming
Seoul 1988 100meters, 200meters
Laverne Jones-Ferrette
Rio de Janeiro 2016 200meters
London 2012 100meters, 200meters
Beijing 2008 100meters, 200meters
Atlanta 2004 100meters, 200meters

Maria Noel
Atlanta 1996 4 x 100meters relay
Marlon Williams
Atlanta 1996 Marathon
Barcelona 1992 10,000meters, 5000meters
Seoul 1988 Marathon
Los Angles 1984 Marathon
Mitchell Peters
Barcelona 1992 100meters, 4 x 100meters relay
Muhammad Halim
Rio de Janeiro 2016 Triple Jump
London 2012 Triple Jump
Neville Hodge
Barcelona 1992 100meters, 4 x 100meters relay
Seoul 1988 100meters
Los Angles 1984 100meters, 200meters
Rita Hendricks
Montreal 1976 100meters
Rochelle Thomas
Atlanta 1996 4 x 100meters relay
Ronald Russell
Los Angles 1984 100meters
Montreal 1976 100meters
Ruth Morris
Barcelona 1992 200meters, 400meters
Seoul 1988 200meters, 400meters
Tabarie Henry
London 2012 400meters
Beijing 2008 400meters
Wallace Williams
Seoul 1988 Marathon
Wyndell Dickinson
Barcelona 1992 200meters, 4 x 100meters relay

What it takes to be nominated for selected and inducted into The Virgin Islands Track and Field Hall of Fame:
• Athlete
To be nominated as an athlete one must have achieved one or more of the following: World record holder, Virgin Islands record holder, World champion and/ or Olympic champion
Medal Winner: Olympics, IAAF World Championships, Pan American Games, Central America and Caribbean Games, NACAC, CAC, CARIFTA, World, Virgin Islands leader in event(s) for one or more years;
Winner of one or more V.I. national open championships; and/or other outstanding accomplishments at a national open or international open level

• Coach
To be nominated, a coach must have been retired for at least one year from active full-time coaching, except where the nominated person has coached for 35 years or more, and must fall into the following criteria:
Having compiled an outstanding record of coaching champions at the level coached (e.g. national open, national collegiate, high school, etc.);
Having compiled an extraordinary winning record or have achieved other outstanding accomplishments;
Having coached for at least 20 years.

• Contributor
In order to be nominated as a contributor, the nominee must have served the V.I. track and field community with special distinction and worked within the athletics community in its best interests in an outstanding manner for at least 20 years. Contributors may also be nominated for having achieved other outstanding accomplishments

Annual Registration: To be eligible, nominated and selected for membership: the athlete, coach or contributor are required to complete the annual VITFF registration and be in good standing.

To register with the V.I. Track and Field Federation, logon to:

Sponsor: A nominee is required to have a sponsor who is identified in the nominating process