Track & Field, Class of 2003
Larry Stuart was the Santa Ana College Co-Athete-of-the-Year in 1962 as a track & field star. Stuart broke the national javelin record four different times and still holds the record at SAC with a toss of 256 feet, 2 inches.
Stuart's most memorable moment at SAC was in his first meet where he competed in the javelin and 440. He recalls, "I was exhausted as I went back to the javelin after the 440. Coach John Ward was way down the field and yelled to me, 'just try to throw it over my head.' I did and set a school record, but I almost killed the coach."
Stuart was never defeated in two years at SAC and had a national-best throw of 256 feet, 2 inches in 1961. In 1963, Stuart ranked first in the nation and eighth in the world. He competed for 13 years non-stop and won 80 percent of all the meets in which he participated. Stuart also held four world master records, was inducted into the JC Hall of Fame in 1992, and was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame for the javelin in 1999. He has a personal-best throw of 281 feet, 11 inches and had a best-ever age-graded throw of 352 feet at age 57 during the World Games in Buffalo, New York.