Wayne Sullwold

Wayne Sullwold - Athlete Class of 1956

A classy guy with a friendly smile, a smooth stride, and a killer work ethic, Wayne was one of the most dedicated, determined, and proficient runners in Southwest history. As we all know, that is quite a history. He was also one of Al Halley’s favorites.

Wayne was twice State Champion in Cross Country and was the 1957 1-mile State Champion in Track and Field his senior year. A great leader, Wayne inspired his teammates by his class, commitment, competitive drive, and training passion. He was rewarded by being named their Team Captain.

Following high school, Wayne attended Kansas State University and then Drake University where he majored in Biology and ran cross country and track at both schools. While at KSU, Wayne once beat Billy Mills, his fellow team mate and future Olympic champion. After three years at Drake, Wayne followed the family tradition and enrolled in Chiropractic College before becoming a third generation Doctor of Chiropractic, treating many Southwest athletes over the years. He, along with Ted Colburn, Darrel Dugdale and others, helped form a youth running club in the SW neighborhood through SWAC, thus helping to produce future track and field stars for the purple and white.

Wayne practiced chiropractic for 33 years from his office at 50th and Upton and then in Edina. He was president of the West Metro Chiropractic Association and on the board of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.

After retiring, Wayne enjoyed riding and showing Paso Fino horses before starting a new family business making and selling roasted nuts. The Sullwolds moved to Independence where Wayne drove a bus for the Delano Schools. He passed away earlier this year and is represented at the Hall of Fame Induction by his wife, Cindy and son Mark with his wife Stacy.