Calvin Cederquist

Calvin Cederquist
Calvin Cederquist
b. 1948

Year Inducted
Over a career that spanned more than 30 years, Cal Cederquist established himself as one of the area's finest high school track coaches.

Cederquist went to Southwestern, where he was captain of the track team and a two-time CCIAC long jump champion and a Section 6 qualifier. He then moved on to Alfred State College and then Buffalo State College, where he picked up a bachelor's degree and followed that with a master's degree from St. Bonaventure and did further graduate work at Fredonia State and RIT.

His teaching and coaching career began at the original Chautauqua Central School in 1972 working with a track team that hadn't won a dual meet or a championship in 40 years. Without any real track facilities and a dozen or fewer athletes, Cederquist worked tirelessly and turned the program into a winner, claiming three consecutive championships and sent several of his athletes to Section 6 qualifiers from 1979-81, including Shawn Smith, who was a Section 6 1,000 meter champ and the sectional record holder.

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