Former Tennessee athlete Willie Gault was selected last week for induction into the Penn Relays Wall of Fame. The 2007 class includes four individuals and four relay teams.
Gault, a track letterman from 1980-83, earned 11 All-America honors, including winning the 60-yard dash and 60y hurdle championships at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 1983. He also held Tennessee’s school record in the 110-meter hurdles for 24 years before it was broken by Aries Merritt last season. Gault ran the anchor leg on Tennessee’s shuttle hurdle relay team that broke the school record in 1981 with its time of 54.40, a record that still stands today, and also holds UT’s record in the 60y hurdles.
The Griffin, Ga., native ran on five winning relay teams at Penn, including three winning shuttle hurdles teams, with the 1982 quartet setting a Carnival record that lasted 16 years. That same year he also won the 110 hurdles in 13.48, another meet record that stood for 11 years.
Gault joins Reggie Jones and Tennessee’s 1967 and 1982 shuttle hurdle relay teams as Wall of Fame members from UT.
The sole restriction in the nomination process is that only retired athletes — or those now competing as masters — may be nominated, and inductees are honored solely for their accomplishments at the Penn Relays; achievements in any other meets are not considered. Any relay team may be nominated, and nominations of relay teams and individuals will be accepted by the Penn Relays office at any time and from any interested party. The complete list of 2007 inductees can by found at PennAthletics.net.
The 2007 Penn Relays begin Thursday and continue through Saturday in Philadelphia.