Help celebrate this GREAT group of Gary West Side runners as they enter the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame on June 19th in Terre Haute. Please consider sponsoring their Induction or attending the event. For more information you can contact Marshall Goss at (812) 345-2121. This group has held the State Record in the 4 x 400 Relay for 40 years!!!!
1980 Gary West 4x400 Relay
Kenneth Carter, Craig Peterson,
Walter Monagan-Brown, Sortero Burnett
Gary West Side 4x400 relay teams have been dominate since the IHSAA went metric in 1980 and for 41 years they have held the State Finals record of 3:13.66. Only two other teams have broken the 3:15 mark (Center Grove 2011 and Hamilton Southeastern 2013).
Carter started his track career with the Mayor Hatcher Youth Foundation (AAU) during the summer of his 14th year, running the 600 meters. At West Side High School, he ran the 400 meters and 4x400 relay, ultimately being named All-American. His talent led to a full scholarship in track and field to Prairie View A&M. After his collegiate career running in meets hosted by the NAIA, SWAC, Texas Relays and others, Carter now resides in Houston, Texas, enjoying barbecuing.
After his stardom career at Gary West High School, Peterson served in the United States Air Force. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts degree in Human Science & Counseling from Liberty University.
The foundation of his life is faith and family. The induction into the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame is not only a recognition of personal achievement but an embodiment of what his family taught.
After four IHSAA championships (1979 4x22o, 1980 4x400, 1981 400 and 4x400 and a second in the 1980 400), Walter would win the 1981 AAU National Junior Olympic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 46.93. He was a high school All-American in both his junior and senior years. Walter took his talents to Louisiana Tech University for a year, then to Parkland Junior College and to Texas Southern University. During his collegiate career, he had the honor of running against such athletes as Carl Lewis and Herschel Walker.
Sortero was known for his relay participation. As a sophomore, he ran on the IHSAA state champion 4x220 and a third place 4x440. In 1980, he ran on both the 4x200 and 4x400 championship relays. After graduating, Sortero attended Prairie View A&M University.