Swenson Honored with State Award for Outstanding Service

TOPEKA, Kan. – The KSHSAA is proud to announce that Carol Swenson of McPherson, as he has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service. 

The KSHSAA will present Swenson with his award on February 19th at the McPherson High School basketball game.

The 2017 KSHSAA Hall of Fame inductee is a former high school activities director, coach and math instructor at McPherson High School and sports information director at McPherson College. He has an incredible fascination for data and records. He devotes countless hours to researching the statistical data he shares on individual competitors and teams, which makes each track meet more interesting and exciting.

If you have ever been to the KSHSAA State Track & Field Meet or the KU Relays, then you know the work and passion that is Carol Swenson. For the past 40 years, Swenson has served as the State Track & Field Meet announcer, providing listeners with an incredible range of statistical information. Well known in the track and field community, his voice can be heard at Big XII meets, KSU indoor and outdoor meets, and the KCAC Track & Field and Cross Country Championships.

The maintainer of the “All-Time Kansas High School List,” Swenson also established a website that records these ongoing best performances of track and field athletes across the state. He also is the compiler and editor of the “All-Time Collegiate Men’s List” in addition to serving as the track and field statistician and blogger for the Catch It Kansas website. For the past 44 years he has served as a correspondent and statistician for Track & Field News.

Swenson’s passion for research and numbers goes beyond announcing and websites. He compiled and edited the KSHSAA 100 Year History Books of Kansas High School basketball and track and field as well as the history of state cross country and the KSHSAA Media Relations Guide. He served as the media coordinator at state wrestling and since 2001 he has served as the media and statistics coordinator for the 5A state basketball tournaments.

Swenson is a member of NASPAA (National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers) and has authored several articles for The Voice quarterly magazine.

Previous Award Winners:

2014 – Mike Kastle, Parsons

2015 – John Summervill, Hutchinson

2016 – Dwight Goering, Moundridge

2017 – Ginny Honomichl, Baldwin City

2018 – Nancy Weishaar, Valley Falls