Frederick L. Whitican - Cross Country, Track, Hockey

Year Inducted: 1991

Fred L. Whitican attended Port Huron High School from 1966 to 1970.  He won varsity letters in cross country and track.  He was the 1970 EML high hurdle champion and the 1970 CMU Relays high hurdle champion.  In 1970, Whitican set a Port Huron High School high hurdle record that lasted into the mid 1980’s, with a time of 14.6.  Whitican was the highest point scorer during the 1970 track season and was awarded the Port Huron High School University of Michigan trophy for being the top scholar athlete with a grade point average of 3.6/3.7.  Whitican won two gold medals at the 1970 Port Huron Times Herald Invitational track meet.

Frederick Whitican was an outstanding Port Huron junior hockey player, having started playing at age 10.  Whitican played junior A hockey for the Port Huron Juniors for three years.

Frederick Whitican attended the US Air Force Academy from 1971-1975.  He won seven varsity letters at the Air Force Academy, four in hockey and three in outdoor track.  In 1975, Whitican was a US track and field high hurdle All American and in that same year, he was a Drake Relay Shuttle Hurdle Relay champion.

In 1976, Whitican played semi-pro hockey for the Sacramento Rebels (California), where he was the team’s leading scorer.   Also, in 1976, he was a member of the US Air Force outdoor track team, and in the 1976 Interservice Meet, Whitican had a third place finish in the high hurdles, the intermediate hurdles, and in the 440 relay.

In 1979, Frederick L. Whitican was a member of the Air Force bobsled team, and during that same year was the number three man on the USA national bobsled team which participated in the European Championships and in the World Championships, which competition is equivalent to the Olympics in a non-Olympic year.   In 1980, Whitican captained the US Air Force bobsled team, which crashed in the US Olympic Trials in the four-man bobsled competition.

In 1983-83, Whitican captained the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ski team which had a third place finish in the US Air Force Invitational Meet.