It all started in 1948 when Frank “Stretch” Longstreth joined the faculty of Western Reserve Academy as a Latin teacher, then he became its head track and cross country coach. For the next 44 years he worked his coaching magic as the Hudson-based private school racked up 18 championships in the Interstate Private School League (IPSL). During his long tenure, Longstreth coached track teams won 202 dual meets and lost 78--- including a record 52 consecutive victories His cross country teams excelled also with the 1967 team going undefeated against 88 opponents. The next year his harriers captured 91 victories against only one loss. In 1983, WRA honored Stretch by dedicating its new 400 meter all weather track and naming it the Frank H. Longstreth Track and renaming the WRA relays, the Longstreth Relays. The year he retired in 1992, WRA scored first among 12 teams winning his final IPSL championship.