Three people were inducted into the Chariton Athletic Hall of Fame at the CHS Homecoming Assembly this past Friday afternoon. They are 1970 CHS graduate Gary Mason, 2004 CHS graduate Tyler Dhabolt and 2005 CHS graduate Austin Roberts.
During his high school career Mason participated in cross country, track and basketball earning 10 varsity letters. He was part of the first ever cross country team at Chariton High School in the fall of 1967.
In the fall of 1969, after only two years as a cross country program, Mason lead the Chargers to the state team title and he finished sixth overall at the state cross-country meet.
During that season, Mason was named the Most Valuable runner on the team and broke the school two-mile record as well. He earned all-state honors that year in cross country.
Mason also excelled at track. He frequently won the mile, the 880 and the 440 at almost every meet during his track career. During his sophomore year of track, Mason qualified for state in the mile and anchored the mile medley to state as well.
During his junior year, the two-mile medley team anchored by Mason placed sixth at the state track meet. During Mason’s senior season, the two-mile relay team qualified for the Drake Relays, finished first at Districts and seventh at state.
Mason was a big part of helping to put the Chariton cross country and track programs on the map.
After graduation, Mason went on to college at Northwest Missouri State and then moved to Arizona where he currently lives.
During his high school career, Dhabolt accumulated seven varsity letters. He earned three varsity letters in football and four varsity letters in tennis. During his high school career, Dhabolt also played two years of baseball.
Dhabolt was an important part of one of the most successful runs in Charger football history. He was part of three playoff teams, reaching the second round of the playoffs his senior year.
As a senior, Dhabolt was a first-team All-District lineman and second team All-State as an offensive lineman.
Dhabolt also played four years of tennis at CHS and was a three-year captain. He was also selected to the National Honor Society his junior year of high school.
After high school, Dhabolt went on to play football at Graceland College in Lamoni. He currently lives in Chariton with his wife and three boys and works in the maintenance department at Hy-Vee.
During his high school career, Roberts accumulated 11 varsity letters. He earned three varsity letters in football, four varsity letters in wrestling and four varsity letters in track.
Read the October 1, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.