Sept. 13, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – John Hammond, a former Buckeye distance runner from 1969-72, passed away Saturday. He was 66.
Hammond was a tremendous advocate for the Ohio State track and field and cross country teams and was instrumental in making a push to get the Jesse Owens statue resurrected outside of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“John was a longtime friend of the program,” Karen Dennis, director of track & field and cross country said. “He was a true Buckeye and he was a key member of the contingent that got the Jesse Owens statue project moving.”
Hammond was a Scarlet and Gray lifer and cross country team captain during his time in Columbus. In 2005, the Granville native returned to Ohio State as a volunteer assistant after a 26-year coaching and teaching career in Hilliard.
Last August, the 2015 men’s and women’s cross country teams dedicated their preseason camp to Hammond. The Buckeyes ran at camp with him in their thoughts.
“John served in a variety of roles during his time as a Buckeye and made a resounding impact,” Ohio State distance and cross country coach Brice Allen noted. “He will be remembered for his ability to inspire others, his hard work, his pursuit of excellence and his integrity.
“John was a longtime teacher in Central Ohio and he used that medium to positively influence hundreds of lives. He was a great man that will truly be missed. He was a Buckeye.”