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COLUMBUS — Belpre’s solitary state championship legacy in men’s track and field from 1952 lives on for the most part year after year at the Ohio State Track and Field Meet in Columbus.

Dick Tredway, 88, has missed just a handful of state track meets since graduating from Belpre High School and placing in four events in the title race of the Golden Eagles 70 years ago.

During Saturday’s Division III Boys’ 3200 Final at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Tredway was encouraged by the public announcer to stand up so fans could recognize his dedication to athletic competition as part of the 70th anniversary since Belpre beat runner-up Anderson. Township by a third point for the Class B championship.

“When I heard the announcement, I thought there was someone here at the stadium who had my name,” Treway said. “I think I’ve attended the state track meet over 60 times. I missed the Dayton one and missed four others when I was on duty.

“Those were maybe the only times I missed going.”

Tredway still calls his birthplace Belpre. He has never lived anywhere else. In addition to the Belpre athletes, he has his schedule in hand so he can keep up with the entire Washington County State playoff contingent.

As for the changes from his competitive days, today’s athletes are bigger and stronger, and they don’t have to deal with cinder tracks.

“The ashes weren’t bad, but when it rained on dirt surfaces, you were in trouble,” Treway said. “One year, when I was maybe 70, I walked through the new surfaces of one of the stadiums. It made me want to run again.”

In 1952, the state track meet was run under a two-class system. The number of participating schools in each class was all the more important. Tredway won the 120-yard hurdles, placed third in the low hurdles and joined the mile relay which finished third.

Tredway also placed in a four-way tie for fourth in the high jump. Thus, the explanation of the third point in the team classification.

During his high school career, Tredway had several brushes with greatness. Because he ran hurdles, Treadway took on future three-time Olympic gold medalist Glenn Ashby “Jeep” Davis.

Davis attended Marietta High School, then transferred to Barberton High School where he single-handedly won the 1954 Class A State Championship for the men’s track team after scoring all 20 points.

“Jeep Davis was a hell of a nice guy” Treway said. “I raced against him three or four times. He beat me (handly).

“My wife (Ruth) has a niece who lives in Barberton. I asked her if she ever heard of Jeep Davis. She said, ‘Listen to him! There is a Jeep Davis Boulevard, a Jeep Davis gymnasium.

Jeep Davis coached the Barberton High School track team for 33 years. He died in 2009 at the age of 74.

As for Tredway, he will continue to make the annual roadtrip to Columbus for the state track meet. It is easy to spot. Like his father, Dick is a lifelong New York Yankees fan and will, in all likelihood, wear their baseball cap.

Contact Kerry Patrick at [email protected]

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