Turner honored in hall

Former Burroughs track and field star takes his place in the Glendale College Athletic Hall of Fame.

March 10, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Coming out of Burroughs High, Ralph Turner was one of the top track and field athletes in Southern California.

Continuing his career at Glendale Community College, Turner enjoyed success on the state level, as well.

Turner, along with a group of athletes, was honored Saturday at the ninth annual Glendale College Athletic Hall of Fame at the college’s J. Walter Smith Student Center.

The two-hour banquet and induction ceremony also featured the inductions of Karoline Tomicich, Rene Gonzales, Ron Palmer, Bill and Ethel Gallagher and the 1976 men’s cross-country team.


The ceremony also saw Tomicich, Gonzalez and Turner inducted for Outstanding Athletic Achievement.

Turner played a major role in shaping the area landscape in track and field, both at Burroughs High and then at Glendale college. At Burroughs, where he’s a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame, Turner earned All-American accolades in 1961 and set a slew of school records that still stand.

He would go on to secure All-American and athlete of the year accolades at Glendale college in 1963 under Coach Ed Tucker.

He swept the 100- and 220-yard races in the Western State Conference and was a member of the 4x400 relay team that had the quickest time in the country in 1963.

In 1963, Turner earned his place in the college’s athletic lore when he clocked 20.7 seconds in the 220. The record still stands.

“My experience at Glendale college was tremendous,” said Turner, who would continue his collegiate career at Brigham Young University, where he set the school record in the 220 (20.52). “I came here and I was treated so wonderfully.

“With Ed Tucker, we always had so much fun. We had fantastic times and this was a fantastic school.”

The men’s cross-country team enjoyed a breakthrough season in 1976. With new Coach Tom McMurray, the Vaqueros found success.

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