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Daryl Curry

Athletes who establish world records are few and far between. Former Akron native and Garfield High School track star Daryl Curry rose to that world record plateau in 1983. While running for Eastern Michigan in the Western Michigan University Relay, Curry joined three other EMU runners to clip more than two seconds off the world record for the 1600 meter sprint medley relay. The EMU quartet covered the old mark of 3:20.8 held by a 1979 University of Michigan team. Curry sprinted the second 200 meter leg in 21.5 seconds. This was not the first time Curry had made an impact in the track world. Five years earlier, Curry, a junior at Garfield, captured the national 200 meter dash championship for boys 16 and 17 years of age. During his career at EMU he won three outdoor and four indoor Mid-American Conference titles. Curry's best two events were the 300 meter race in which he clocked 34.02 (Third best in EMU history), and the 300 yard run in the time of 30.51 (second best in EMU history). In addition, Curry helped EMU capture MAC Track Championships in 1982 and 1983. In 1984, Daryl won the MAC indoor 300 meter title, beating Kent State's Thomas Jefferson, who went on to win the bronze medal in the 200 meter run in Los Angeles Olympics that same year. An injury in early April side-lined Curry for most of his senior campaign.

Inducted 1992 | Track & Field