Mr. Stephen Teeter, Johnson City class of 2000.  His former coach, Mr. Pete Tylenda, coach of Johnson City’s runners for over 30 years, stated at the April Hall of Fame dinner that Stephen was probably the best runner he has ever coached.  He received 12 varsity letters in his time at JCHS.  That total includes 6 letters in cross country, 5 in outdoor track, and 1 in indoor track.  Stephen is the most successful cross country runner Johnson City has ever seen.  He was an All-STAC runner in 1998 and 1999…he was selected to the all-Section IV team in 1997, 1998, and 1999.  He was the Section IV, Class B boys’ champion in both 1998 and 1999.  His recognition went beyond the local level as well, as Stephen was an All-State runner in 1997, 1998, and 1999.  He was the Press & Sun bulletin athlete of the week in both 1998 and 1999 and his final cross country run of his career earned him a 9th place finish in the NYS cross country championships.  In the spring, Stephen moved his talents from the hilly cross country paths to the track.  He was a 4 time STAC champion, a 4 time section 4, Class B champion, and in his final high school competition in June of 2000, Stephen finished 2nd in NYS in the 1600M race with a school record time of 4 minutes, 20 seconds.  Stephen was also a 2 time Section IV indoor track champion and he finished 2nd in the NYS indoor championships in the 3200M race with a school record time of 9 minutes, 34 seconds.  He was named the Section IV Male Track Athlete of the Year in 2000.  Stephen went on to a very successful college running career at Delhi College where he was a 2-time national champion 1500 meter race.  Because of his many years of unparalleled success as a cross country and track athlete, the Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome its first runner, Mr. Stephen Teeter.


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