The Western New York Running Hall of Fame will add two top local runners and a longtime contributor to the area's road racing community in 2017.
The Class of 2017 consists of Sue Schaefer Morgan, Alex Trammell and Jim Nowicki. They will bring the number of inductees to 32. Morgan, Trammell and Nowicki will be formally inducted at Tom Donnelly's Hall of Fame 5K, which will be held on Sept. 1 in Buffalo.
Morgan was something of a pioneer in the area of local women's running. She ran at Clarence Central High School in the 1970s, and was a national champion in the two-mile run. From there Morgan went on to have a superb career at Eastern Kentucky, where she was an All-American in cross country and a conference champion in three different distances. Morgan is a member of Eastern Kentucky's athletic Hall of Fame.
After finishing college, Morgan served as a coach in Barnesville, Ohio, which is located in the east-central part of the state. She recently retired from those duties, but still lives in Barnesville.
Trammell is one of the best runners in the history of St. Joe's Collegiate Institute. He was part of the 1971 team that is considered one of the best in Western New York history. Trammell was first-team all-state in cross country in 1971, and was all-state in the 880 run in 1972. He set a mile record for a WNY athlete in 1972 as well. That St. Joe's squad set a record in the distance medley at the 1972 Penn Relays that still has not been broken.
Trammell went on to run at Fordham, where he was a two-time All-American. He was a Hall of Famer at that university. Trammel went on to become active in local road racing for many years, and was a founding member of some local clubs.
Nowicki is best known as the race director for the Subaru 4-Mile Chase, which began in 1985. It represented a chance for local runners to compete against world-class athletes on the streets of Buffalo, the first race of its kind here. The Chase was the first local race to offer prize money, and has featured Olympians and world champions over the years. Nowicki also created the Casey's Nickelodeon Champagne Chase in 1981.