Prestigious honor for McPherson's Swenson

By Steve Sell
July 20, 2017
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This has been a special year for Carol Swenson of McPherson.

In May, Swenson was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame for his many years of service not only to McPherson schools, but KSHSAA.

Recently, Swenson was recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Don H. Potts FAST Award for statistical work in track and field at a gathering of the Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA) held in conjunction with the USATF National Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.  

The award was presented by Jack Shepherd, editor of High School Track, the foremost national annual publication of U.S. high school track and field performances. 

Presented annually since 1993 by the Federation of American Statisticians of Track (FAST) chapter of TAFWA, the Potts Award recognizes exceptional statistical work and research in the sport of track and field.  The award is named in honor of Dr. Don H. Potts, one of the world’s foremost track and field statisticians and historians, founding member of FAST and ATFS, and the award’s first recipient, who passed away in 2001. The list of past honorees includes the leading statisticians in the sport of American (U.S.A.) track and field. 

Swenson has long been regarded as the top authority for track and field statistics in Kansas. He served as a press steward at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He is a member of the McPherson High Wall of Fame as well as the McPherson College Hall of Fame.