2012 Honorary Referees
Bill Melton Michael Carter
Bill Melton is Announcing his 6th and final Jesuit-Sheaner Relays today and next week will Announce his 40th and final Texas Relays, where he has also been selected as Honorary Meet Referee. Melton is known for bringing excitement to the Texas Relays and numerous Track and Field Events across the Country. The Dallas native is retiring at the end of this Season to spend more time at his home in Colorado.
In addition to the Texas Relays and other UT Meets, he has Announced four NCAA Championship Meets, the NCAA Cross Country Championships, NCAA West Preliminary and three NCAA Regional Meets. He also has Announced many Big XII, Big 10, Sun Belt and Southwest Conference Championship Meets, as well as the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State, Michael Johnson Classic at Baylor, Lancaster High School Meet of Champions, Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, and the UIL Region II Class 4A Meet for 32 years. His Track and Field Announcing career covers 47 years.
Melton has Announced at the 1996 Olympic Games, Super Bowls VI, VIII and IX, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, 32 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classics, both Mens and Womens FIFA World Cup Soccer, FIBA World Basketball Championships, SMU and North Texas Football and Basketball, ABA Dallas Chaparrals Basketball, Ticket City Bowl and two Presidential Inaugurations.
He was selected as an Inaugural Member of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame and named Track Official of the Year by the USATF Southwestern Chapter.
Professionally, Melton served as the County Treasurer of Dallas County, Texas for over 25 years, elected six times. He was named the “Outstanding County Treasurer in the United States” and “Texas' Outstanding County Treasurer”, as well as “County Leader of the Year” in 1995.
Michael Carter is best known in track and field for setting the American national high school record of 81 feet 3½ inches in the 12 pound shot put, adding more than nine feet to the previous record. He set this mark at the 1979 Golden West Invitational track and field meet while competing for Thomas Jefferson High School of Dallas, Texas. No high school athlete has come within four feet of this record since. In 2004 this record was selected by USA Track & Field as the 16th greatest moment in American track and field over the previous quarter century, the only high school mark to make the top 25 greatest moments.
Carter attended Southern Methodist University on a football scholarship. He was a member of both the 1981 and 1982 undefeated team, as the immovable object in the center of the defensive line. He also won four indoor and three outdoor NCAA shot put championships. He was part of the SMU 1983 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship team. After graduating, he won the silver medal in the shot put at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
A 6'2", 285-lb. nose tackle, Carter was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. As a professional American football player, he played his entire National Football League career with the 49ers from 1984-1992. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl winner.
Carter is the only athlete to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring in the same year. He still holds the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays shot put meet record set in 1979 with a throw of 70-0¼ and is a member of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Michael is married and has three children. One of those three children being Olympic shot putter Michelle who won the 2006 NCAA outdoor shot put championship, the 2008 United States Olympic Team Trials in addition to the 2009 and 2011 National Championships Like her father, Michelle Carter is an Olympic athlete, finishing 15th in the shot put at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Michelle also holds the female national high school record in the Shot Put.