Richard Menchaca (’63) was recruited to North Texas State College in
1960 for his talent as a sprinter. In his first year running track for
the Eagles, this sophomore helped his team bring home a meet, a state
record, and the fastest national time of the year in the two-mile relay.
In his junior year, he was a member of the record-earning spring medley,
distance medley, and two-mile relay teams; all of which were ranked in
the top five in the nation. During his athletics career, he was widely
considered to be Texas’ 880 champion.
During his three-year stint, Menchaca won multiple individual events and
broke numerous records. Off the field, he was an active member of the
Geezles, the oldest social fraternity on the NTSC campus. In his Junior
year, the Geezles were ranked second in scholarship among all campus
Menchaca earned his BA in Physical Education in 1963 and returned to
NTSU as a graduate assistant coach, mentoring some of his past teammates
to victories. Richard Menchaca also holds multiple graduate degrees in
education, and is a faculty member at El Centro Community College. He
has been inducted into the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame as well
as the North Texas Sports Hall of Fame.