STRATFORD–The Stratford Old Timers Athletic Association will honor a group of seven at its 54th Annual Golden Crown Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Oronoque Country Club.
One of those being honored with Edward Yearwood, who will be presented with a Golden Crown Award.
A Stratford native and one of 12 siblings of parents Willie Mae and Travis Yearwood, Ed did not play organized sports until his junior year at Stratford High, but quickly made a lasting impact his last two years in track & field for coach Bob Newall and in basketball for coach Bob Haverl before graduating in 1978.
Yearwood was a two-time All-MBIAC selection in track and field and a second-team choice in basketball during his senior year. As a 6-foot center/forward, it proved to be quite the accomplishment as the first team featured such talented players as future NBA players John Bagley (Harding) and John Garris (Bassick), and Dave Powell, Barry Brandon and Kevin Smart were some of his teammates.
Yearwood began his collegiate track & field career at the University of New Haven, where he broke the Div. II 400-meter indoor record, and was second in the 400-meter outdoor final at the 1979 National Championships.
After transferring to Morgan State in Baltimore in 1981, Yearwood was a 12-time All-American selection over his three-year career and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 1982, Yearwood set an individual IC4A 400-meter record time of 47.24, and anchored the Morgan mile-relay team that placed first with a time of 3:13.46.
He ended the 1982 season with a fifth-place finish at the Division I Indoor Championships in the 440-yard dash (47.93), and was the only participant from a historically black college or university to place in the event.
Yearwood also holds school records in the 400-meter individual race (45.40) in 1983, and as a member of the 1984 4×100-meter relay (39.89) and 4×400-meter relay (3:03.80) teams that also set school records.
All three records still stand today.
He finished his career in 1984 as a member of the Barbados National Olympic team in the 400-meter relay.
Yearwood returned home where he joined the Stratford Fire Department in 1987, retiring in 2015 after 28 years of service, exemplified by his selection as the 2007 Firefighter of the Year.
He is one of the founding members of the Stratford Blue Heat, an organization, consisting of Stratford fire and police personnel who work to provide positive learning experiences for youth to help build positive self-esteem through structured educational and recreational programs.
He will start his fourth year as the assistant girls varsity volleyball coach at Greens Farms Academy in Westport.
Yearwood was inducted into the SHS Hall of Fame in 2003.
The event is officially sold out and no further ticket sales will occur
Also being honored are: Patti Fernandez and Ed Rooney, who will also receive Golden Crown Athletic Achievement Awards.
Special recognition will also be accorded to Tish Morrissey (Micki Stratton Award), Ray Bastarache (Alvin “Bud” Russell Award), Mike LaPia (Jack Geary Award), and Bill O’Brien (Tim Ramik Award).