Ken Flax, 1981, track and football—Flax was the best field man in Redwood’s track history, a powerful young teen who hurled the shot 57 feet—second all-time best in the MCAL. He was also a starting tailback on the football team, averaging 100 yards rushing per game until sidelined permanently with a dislocated shoulder.
But it was after high school that Flax exploded on the scene, becoming a standout in the hammer throw who indirectly put Redwood with his performances in college and in the Summer Olympic Games at Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992.
After college, Flax’s momentum increased:
Flax, who now lives in Los Gatos, Calif., is a charter board member of The USA Track and Field Foundation, an independent non-profit group that supports emerging elite track athletes and helps fund youth track programs throughout the country.