The Kehmeier name has long been synonymous with Cedaredge and its rich track and field accomplishments through the decades. Last Saturday the Kehmeier family received an honor which will recognize, and solidify, the caring and efforts poured into Cedaredge High School student-athletes by Mr. Jack Kehmeier.
Cedaredge athletic director Brandon Milholland addressed a gathering of family members, school officials, friends and well-wishers prior to Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational Track and Field Meet.
The following statements were from a prepared presentation by Milholland.
Jack Kehmeier was a track and field coach at Cedaredge High School from 1956-1982. His list of accomplishments include Colorado High Coaches Association Hall of Fame, two team state championships during his tenure (1963-1964), three runner-up finishes (1966, 1970 and 1971), eight top ten finishes and six league/district championships.
Kehmeier's long list of accomplishments also included being named coach of the year by Gunnison High School's Booster Club while coaching at CHS.
Coach Kehmeier was great for student-athletes from all schools, not just from Cedaredge High School. He always was willing to help kids be great in academics and track and field.
Cedaredge High School has had a long-standing tradition in the sport of track and field. Milholland noted, "It has been an honor to propose that we name the track and field complex between Cedaredge High and Cedaredge Middle School the Jack Kehmeier Track and Field Complex."
For many years now, many athletes have received the Jack Kehmeier "Athlete of the Meet" honor. This is another way to show appreciation for the many years of teaching and coaching this man gave to our students.
Some of Coach Kehmeier's other accomplishments include 21 individual and relay state champions; 83 individual and relay state medals for top five finishes and 109 individual and relay boys and girls league and district champion finishes.
Bill Kehmeier, a former student and athlete from Cedaredge High School, had words for the group to commemorate Saturday's honor. "The Kehmeier family wants to thank a number of people for this honor today." His first thank you, aside from the listed people to thank, went to nephew Derek Kehmeier for his tireless efforts in planning the all-weather track, which was approximately an 18-month endeavor. In turn, Kehmeier wanted to make sure Arlo Cox (excavation services) and Janice McCallum (grant writing) got their share of thank yous as well.
The first thank you from Bill Kehmeier was for the Delta County School District Board of Directors and Superintendent Caryn Gibson for their support and approval of the honor.
Secondly, thanks went to the Cedaredge High School administration, Randy Brown and Brandon Milholland for their nomination letter and the time spent on the organization of Saturday morning's ceremony.
The third thank you went out to Cedaredge High School head track coach Kirby Henderson for his support and for the extensive research he has done on Cedaredge High School Track and Field.
Cedaredge's Terry Montoya, the CHS art instructor was Kehmeier's fourth thank you for his design of the sign denoting the name of the track complex.
And, finally, Kehmeier thanked all the athletes and students who, "were such an important, major part of Dad's life."