---- — DERRY — They ran to remember one of their own.
Pinkerton Academy faculty and student track teams took part in a memorial cross-country event to honor the memory of retired Pinkerton track coach Walter “Wally” Roberts.
Roberts died last month at the age of 60. He had coached track and field and football at Pinkerton for many years until retiring in 2012.
That yea,r Roberts was honored as a Coach of the Year and was also inducted into a track and field coach Hall of Fame.
Now, faculty and students participating in last week’s event want to have the meet named officially in Roberts’ memory.
“Wally was a great man, coach and friend,” Pinkerton coach Kerry Boles said. “He always found the best in people and kids, and had a way of making everyone feel special and a significant part of the team or class, regardless of who you were.”
In the end, faculty runners made a good showing, but the students came out on top.
Boles said Roberts was firm, but fair, and always wanted to make sure students gave their best effort while following the rules of the game, and showing respect for the home team and those students were playing against.
“It’s unfortunate more people didn’t get a chance to be taught, befriended or coached by Wally,” Boles said. “He will have an impact on people’s lives for many years to come and will be missed by all of us.”