Russell Beck

Russell Beck, a 1954 graduate, was one of Avon Lake’s most versatile athletes. He lettered in four sports earning a total of thirteen varsity letters. Beck set the standard for the other athletes of his day.
Russ was an outstanding competitor in track and field. He started on the varsity all four years of high school. As a sprinter, he qualified twice for State as a member of the 880 yard relay team. He qualified for State once in the long jump. He broke numerous school records in the 100 and 220 yard dash including a 16 year Lorain County record in the 220 (22.8) that stood until 1974. He was the first Avon Lake athlete to win the Silver Track Belt Award.

Beck also excelled in football, lettering 3 years while leading the team in scoring his senior year. His team won championships during his sophomore and senior years when he captained the team.

As a member of the county baseball team, Russ was an outstanding performer and was the lead-off man during every game of his four year career. Beck also lettered two years in basketball.

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