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Retired educator Don Wayne lauds Vale for his own success

Don Wayne holds up a quilt his daughters made for him featuring t-shirts left behind from cross country runners from across the country who competed in a Vale meet founded by Wayne. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – Don Wayne hated cross country.

Which is funny, because he went on to coach the sport for years during his 31-year career, 29 of which were spent in Vale, where he taught every grade but second grade.

Wayne will be inducted into the Vale Alumni Hall of Fame this month, in part due to his contributions to raise Vale’s profile in cross country.

When you ask the 1968 Vale High graduate about his life, he devotes most of his answer to talking about the community – the people who helped make a difference for him.

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