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Jon Hendershott: 1946 - 2018

11 April 2018

We woke up this morning to the sad news of the passing of noted sports journalist Jon Hendershott.

For more than a half-century, Jon worked tirelessly to tell the stories of track and field, this sport we love that benefits tremendously from those who give it a voice. He was a regular fixture at Hayward Field, covering meets in rain or sunshine, regardless of the scale of competition. He even volunteered his talent to TrackTown USA when he helped craft the language honoring the Heritage Athletes at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Jon’s positivity, passion …


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