Ronald C. Hungarter

About This Inductee

Ron is a graduate of E. L. Meyers High School where he played football (starting right and middle guard), wrestled and participated in track. He was on the 1964 championship football team and was senior co-captain. During his first game as a senior, he suffered a severe concussion and was told he could never play football again. He had to give up wrestling also and several college scholarships. Ron then concentrated on track & field. As a junior he won Districts in Discus with a record setting throw of +159. As a senior, he co-captained the track team and was undefeated in Discus right up to States. He won Districts and set a new district Discus record of 163’10” which stood for 38 years. He won the Emery Relays in Discus at 163’ and set a City record in the Discus at the City Meet. He was 4th at States. Ron won the Parkhurst Invitational Meet in New York and set that record which still stands at the school today (175’0”). This Parkhurst record was broken in 2012. Ron won a track scholarship to Ohio University, where he set a freshman Discus record at 148+’. As a sophomore he was told he would be a Hammer thrower and won the Mid-American Conference with a record-setting throw of 172’. He competed at NCAA Championships at UC Berkley and the AAU Championships in Sacramento, CA. he won the 1969 MAC championship with another record throw of 175’ in Hammer and was 2nd in Discus. Ron won the All-Ohio Championships in 1969 and 1970. Also in 1969 and 1970 Ron won the Central collegiate Championship at Notre Dame with a record-setting throw of 188’, which was also a school record there. In Trak and Field Federation Championships in Kansas. He was named Mid-Atlantic Conference Athlete of the Week after two first place wins at the University of Tennessee. The Discus throw of 180’0” was a school record for Ohio University that stood until 1996. This was also the Collegiate State of Ohio record. The 182’9” win in the Hammer was also a school record at that time. He was named to the 1970 U.S. Olympic Training team at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, setting a school record of 190’9”. However, Ron considers his best athletic accomplishment to be coaching David Zipko. After coaching him his senior year in high school to break Ron’s own City record, he kept David out of college for one year and trained him. Ron then contacted his teammate, Dan Stimpson, who was the track coach at Miami of Ohio. Dave got a scholarship to Miami, stayed there and got his chiropractor’s degree and has operated Oxford Chiropractic Clinic ever since. Ron was named to the E.L. Meyers Hall of Fame in February 2008. He currently resides in Larksville and is the father of four – Scott, Erin, Dough and Michael and grandfather of four – Griffin, Sadie, Oscar and Isaac.