plaque of honor at the Oakland County meet. (The Oakland Press/MARVIN GOODWIN).
Tarlton Small, former athletic director at the old Pontiac Northern High School, can look back on his career and think of the long hours, challenging situations and problems confronting him during his tenure.
can also remember the athletic prowers of the Northern boys and girls track and field teams, his
associations with coaches such as Dale Kutchey, Jim Nelson and Jimmy King, and athletic director mentor Hercules Renda, as well as countless athletes over the years, and everything has been swell.
"It was a great run, a great run," said Small
, who was honored at last Friday's Oakland County Track and Field Championshps at Holly High School
"Life has been so good to me."
Small, originally from North Carolina, was athletic director when the Northern track and field squad won an unprecedented seven straight Oakland County championships and state championships in 1990 and 1997.
was also AD when Northern won back-to-back state basketball championships in 2001-02.
Kutchey helped Small
with the Pontiac Northern Ninth Grade Invitational, a staple of local track and field meets for the past 27 years.