Hayes and Joyce Hunter have been active volunteers for the Knoxville
Track Club for more than two decades. The duo have staffed many finish
lines, served as on-course monitors, and have been a valuable presence
for track and field competitions at the University of Tennessee as well
as local high school levels.
In the Footnotes Magazine back in 2005, Greer Fox wrote, "In 1972
Joyce and Hayes began helping with the youth track program at Webb School
where Joyce was head of the Math Department. At the time there was no
track program for girls, so Joyce volunteered to organize it, and subsequently
served as the girls track coach for the next nineteen years." Joyce
was selected KIL Coach of the Year in 1978. Joyce Hunter served as a member
of the KTC Board of Directors during the 1990's including two years as
Vice President. Both Joyce and Hayes were the race directors of the KTC
Fireball 5K in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
The Hunters are widely recognized as outstanding USATF Master Officials
specializing in the vertical jump events. The Master Official certification
from USA Track and Field (USATF), the governing body of track and field
in the United States, is the highest level of certified officials, reserved
for those officials who are qualified to serve as lead officials on a
national level. They have represented the Knoxville Track Club Officials
at many major NCAA competitions including NCAA Division One National Championships
across the United States, from Knoxville to Sacramento, and from Idaho
to Louisiana and North Carolina. They have also officiated at NCAA Division
I Track & Field Championships held at the University of Buffalo, the
University of Texas, and at Drake University in Iowa. Their knowledge
and skills are so great that they usually serve as Chief Judges for these
events. Hayes and Joyce have also officiated NCAA Division Two National
Championships in addition to ACC, SEC, Atlantic Sun, and Southern Conference
Championships. As KTC Officials, they have represented the Knoxville Track
Club and its excellent programs on the national scene since 1993.
The Hunters have been recognized on numerous occasions for their outstanding
contributions and were the recipients of the Robert L Neff Award for Outstanding
Service in 2001. In 2004, they were awarded the Canfield Award for KTC
Volunteers of the Year and for 2007, the University of Tennessee Track
and Field staff presented them with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Induction into the Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame is fitting for two
such outstanding contributing members of the club.