VHSL Inducts Broadway Runner, TA Baseball Coach Into Hall Of Fame

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- The 26th Virginia High School Hall of Fame class was inducted Wednesday night in Charlottesville. The group of seven individuals includes two who made an impact in the Valley.

Broadway track athlete Keena Shuler Wood won 21 individual state indoor and outdoor track titles before graduating in 1997, becoming one of the most accomplished track athletes in VHSL history.

"It's so exciting to have people pay attention to what you did in high school. I feel like the Al Bundy of track and field with my hand in my waistband," Wood said. "But for my kids to be able to see this, it's really exciting for me. I think that's my favorite part."

Ray Heatwole won three state championships during his 17 years as head baseball coach at Turner Ashby. The Harrisonburg-native led the Knights from 1973-85 and 1998-2002 before retiring from coaching in 2003.

"This is probably the top of the line for anyone that's coached in the state of Virginia and it makes it special because when you start looking at the other people that have been in before, I'm joining some pretty elite company," Heatwole said.

Heatwole and Wood join five others that were inducted, which included seven-time NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning.