Athletics News
1994

CECIL JERDEN He lettered four years in track from 1927-31, setting several conference and national records in the low and high hurdle events during his career. He broke the collegiate mark for the 120-yard high hurdles in 1931 and won conference titles in the low and high hurdles in 1928.

ROYAL KINDER A four-year letterman in track from 1935-38, Kinder was a three-time Lone Star Conference champion in 1936 in the low hurdles, sprint relay and mile relay. He helped lead North Texas to three Lone Star Conference team championships and also qualified for the 1936 Olympic Trials in the 400-yard hurdles.

BILL MENEFEE A forward on the Eagles basketball team, he was a two-time captain who earned all-America honors in 1943. That year he helped lead North Texas to a third-place finish at the NAIA national tournament. A former head basketball coach at Baylor, Menefee was named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1965, 1968 and 1969.

SANDRA PALMER She attended North Texas from 1959-63, during which time he was a cheerleader and Homecoming queen. She was also an accomplished golfer, but the school did not have a varsity women’s program at the time. She joined the Ladies PGA in 1964 and recorded 21 wins during his pro career. She was selected to the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.

RUBEN RUSSELL A two-time all-conference star for the North Texas basketball team, he lettered from 1965-67. He led the Eagles in scoring both seasons he played and earned all-America recognition following the 1966-67 season. He ranks No. 15 on the school’s all-time scoring chart.

CREST WHITAKER A versatile athlete who lettered in track and basketball from 1967-70. He was named all-Missouri Valley Conference after leading the league in field goal percentage during the 1968-69 season. He also won a MVC title in the triple jump in track and later played with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL.

LEROY WINFIELD As a sophomore in 1967-68, Winfield led the Eagles’ basketball team in scoring. He later went on to enjoy an eight-year career in professional basketball and today is an assistant coach on the collegiate level.

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