East Forsyth High Hall of Fame taps Marty Beeson
Marty Beeson, long time resident of Clemmons, was inducted into the East Forsyth High School Hall of Fame for 2017, on Saturday January 28. The awards ceremony and banquet was held at East Forsyth High School. Beeson’s sons, Ben Beeson and Brian Long, were in attendance, as well as his wife, Gail, his mom, Louise, his brother David and wife Hilda Beeson and his sister Lu Ann and husband Steve Cutright and a group of friends.
Beeson graduated from East in 1968 and lettered in track, cross country and wrestling. Beeson broke track and cross country records: running 4.389 mile in track and 9.02 in the 1.9 cross country course. The next year he broke his own personal record running a 4.388 mile. His senior year he again beat his own PR , running a 4.34 mile in the the NCHSAA state meet.
Beeson was voted MVP in 1967 and 1968 in cross country while at East. Beeson thanked all his coaches at East which included, Bob Jackson, owner of Sunrise Peddler and also a long time resident of Clemmons.
Beeson attended Pembroke State University and won the District 29 championship his freshman and sophomore years. He was the first Pembroke State cross country runner to qualify in the National championship his junior year. He also was the first Pembroke State runner to make All District all four years in cross country. In 1970 he was selected as one of the Outstanding College Athletes of America. He also coached the cross country team at East Forsyth to win the Conference Championship in 1970, taking a year off from college. Beeson graduated from Pembroke State University in 1973.