PHS spring relays event is renamed the 2014 Deon Minor Wildcat Relays

Paris High School’s track invitational has a new name to honor a legendary student athlete.

Deon Minor (Submitted photo)

Deon Minor (Submitted photo)

The Deon Minor Wildcat Relays will bring some of the best track and field athletes to Paris High School. The Relays were renamed in honor of track and field champion Deon Minor and he will be honored in a ceremony during the 2014 Deon Minor Wildcat Relays on Friday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m..

While at Paris High School, Minor won two state championships Division 4A-400m. He was the state and national record holder his senior year in 1991. Because he was such an outstanding runner, he was named to the Texas UIL All-Century Track & Field Team as the best quarter miler in 100 years.

During his time at Baylor University, he earned 14 All-American honors and was a four-time NCAA champion in the 400m and 4×400 m relay. He won two consecutive gold medals in the relay at the IAAF World Indoor Championships setting a world record of 3:02.83 minutes in the mile relay. He was a Junior World Champion in Seoul, Korea, and was a U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier.

Minor said he could not describe the way he felt about the recognition. “This is awesome…the Deon Minor Wildcat Relays,” Minor said. “It really makes me feel good to know that Paris ISD decided to rename the track meet in my honor.”

“I am looking forward to the first annual Deon Minor Wildcat Relays in March and having my name on it for years to come.”

Minor’s influence is still felt today, as Paris High’s track team consistently competes at the highest levels of Class AAA.

Minor currently is working for Ultimate Performance Sport Management, a company owned by 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson. Deon began working with Ultimate Performance in 2004 and is head of client management with the company. While working with UPSM, Deon has been responsible for managing careers of Olympians, World Champions, World and National record holders.

Deon is a current member of the Association of Athletics Managers (AAM). The AAM is a group of the world’s leading managers in Athletics (Track and Field, Road Running, Marathons, Cross-Country) who represent the majority of the top athletes in the world.

Deon resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Claudia and kids Bradley and Bayleigh Minor.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.