PHILADELPHIA - Five outstanding contributors to the sport of track and field will serve as honorary referees for the 119th Penn Relay Carnival April 25-27 at Franklin Field.
Honorary Carnival Referee
One of the inaugural members of the Penn Relays Wall of Fame in 1994, Josh Culbreath will serve as the Honorary Carnival Referee. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first of Culbreath’s three consecutive victories in the college men's 400-meter hurdles, while representing Morgan State. He first competed at the Relays for Norristown High School, and later for the Quantico Marines, the Philadelphia Pioneers, and the Philadelphia Masters. The Olympic bronze medalist in the 400 hurdles in 1956, he also held the world record for the 440-yard hurdles. Culbreath’s loyalty to the Relays remains constant as he serves on the Board of the Friends of the Penn Relays.
Penn State University
Honorary College Running Events Referee
Serving as Honorary Referee for college running events is Beth Alford-Sullivan, the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at Penn State for the last seven years and women's head coach at another seven years before that. Her success at the Penn Relays has come with both teams, the men winning the 4x800-meter relay and sprint medley Championships of America in 2012, and also winning the sprint medley in 2011, and the women winning the 4x400 title in 2008. Alford-Sullivan has been selected as head coach of the United States' women's team for the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow in August.
University of Pennsylvania
Honorary College Field Events Referee
Now in his first year as head coach of the Penn women’s team, Tony Tenisci had served 26 years as the women’s assistant, is the Carnival's Honorary Referee for college field events. Hailed as the "creator" of the women's hammer throw event in North America while he was an assistant coach at Washington State, Tenisci coached several of the first women’s American record holders in the event. He also made a major contribution in the development of Penn’s new throwing events area first used in last year's Relays. A four-time NCAA scorer in the hammer while at Washington State, he formerly held the Canadian national record for the event.
Central Bucks East High School
Honorary High School Boys’ Referee
A coach at Central Bucks East beginning in 1980, Gerry Stemplewicz has been heavily involved in the organization and management of the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia, where he presently sits as a board member. This year the Coaches Association celebrated its 50th anniversary of a full schedule of high school indoor meets in the Philadelphia area. While president of the Association from 1997 through 2003, Stemplewicz oversaw a difficult transition period following the passing of Executive Secretary Bob Burdette. For three years, Stemplewicz served simultaneously as Association president, executive secretary and treasurer. Now retired now from all three positions, he remains the Chair of the Pennsylvania State High School Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Columbia (NJ) High School
Honorary High School Girls’ Referee
A successful coach in high school and college for more than 20 years in New Jersey, Lisa Morgan is the Honorary High School Girls’ Referee. The head coach at Columbia High School in Maplewood, Morgan was chosen State Coach of the Year in 2010 and Girls Coach of the Year for Essex County four times from 2008 to 2011. Prior to her time at Columbia, which she joined in 2007, Morgan was associate head coach at Seton Hall University for a decade. Her Seton Hall teams won team championships in the Big East and ECAC along with three Championship of America relays. The championships have continued at Columbia, where her teams have won three consecutive Group IV state titles.