COLLEGE ATHLETIC HALL of FAME MEMBERS FROM NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Harold 'Hal' Werner
TRACK & FIELD
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

An athlete, coach and contributor to the sport of track and field worldwide, Hal Werner began his collegiate career as a javelin thrower at Eastern in 1950 after excelling at Wenatchee High School. He spent two seasons in Cheney as an athlete, four years as head track and field coach (1966-70) and another seven seasons as an assistant coach. Werner adopted the "Finnish technique" of throwing the javelin, and, in 1951, won the Evergreen Conference title with a toss of 213-5.5 that stood as a school record for 15 years. It was the fifth-best collegiate effort in the nation in 1951 while becoming the first javelin thrower from the state of Washington to exceed 65 meters (213-3). After a four-year stint in the Air Force during the Korean War, he enrolled at BYU and recorded a throw of 224-9 to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 1956. Competing internationally during the summer of that year, Hal had a career best toss of 232-4.