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Track is a fascinating sport that requires mental toughness and the ability to overcome adversity. The Greeks chose Track and Field as the key sport for Olympic competition because it is the most universal of all sports that pits individuals against each other to prove who is the best. Track athletes don’t need to study films to determine team tendencies, or change offensive and defensive techniques every week to exploit the weakness of the competitor. Track participants main goal is to convert innate talents, strong discipline, and hard work into maximum performance.
Track forces participants to confront personal character flaws, demons, personal weaknesses, and insecurities. Jesse Owens says about mental toughness "The Battles That Count Aren't the Ones For Gold Medals. The struggles within yourself - The Invisible, Inevitable battles Inside all of Us - That's Where It Is At." Patti Sue Plumer agrees saying “ Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
The quote "Sports do not build character- It reveals it" defines track and field participants. Track athletes deal with “invisible, inevitable battles” and a gut check every day.
Olympians Representing the uSA
As of 2018, Nineteen Longhorns have competed in the Summer Olympic Games and have won a combined 18 medals (nine gold, four silver, five bronze).
Participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic games and wins five medals including four golds;
She is inducted into the HOH;
Wins the 2003 Trackshark Athlete of the Year;
Wins the National Champion in the 400M in 2003 and 2004 and wins the National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 in 2003 and 2004;
She Is an 11 time All American
participated in the 2012 Olympics and wins a gold medal in the 4 x 100;
She is a 3 time All American; and
the winner of National Championship in the 200 M in 2008.
participated in the 2004 Olympics and wins a gold medal in the 4 x 100 ;
is a National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 in 2000 and 2003; and
is recognized as an All American 12 times.
Carlette Guidry (1987-91)
Participated in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and wins two golds medals in the 4 x 100 relay;
Wins the Honda-Broderick Award as the National Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1990 and 1991;
Wins the Babe Zaharias Award as the nation’s top amateur female athlete in 1992;
Is inducted into the HOH in 2000;
Holds the Longhorn Record for number of times recognized as an All American (23).
Carlette Wins the National Championship in the 55M in 1988, 1990, 1991, the long jump in 1988, the 100 M in 1991, and the 200 M in 1990 and 1991
She is also a National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 in 1988, 1989, and 1990 and a National Champion as a member of the 4 x 100 in 1991.
She holds the record for most points scored at a meet (30)
Michelle Carter qualified for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics finishing respectively 15th, 6th, and 1st. She is also recognized as the National Champion in the shot put in 2006 and is a 7 time All American and 2016 HOH inductee.
Nanceen has one of the most stellar careers in Texas high school track in the 100, 200, and long jump. As a Longhorn she qualified for the 2000 Olympics in the 200 M reaching the semi-finals and finishing 3rd in the 4 x 400 relay. She is also recognized 12 times as a College All American.
Erin Aldrich qualifies for the Olympics in 2000. She is also in the HOH for volleyball and track. Erin is the National Champion in the high jump in 1998, 1999, and 2000 and is recognized 6 times as an All American.
Raasin McIntosh qualified for the 2013 Olympics and is a 2014 National Champion as part of the 4 x 400 relay team. Raasin is recognized as an All American 14 times.
Christin Udo qualified for the Olympics in 2012 ,and she is a 6 time All American.
Marshevet Hooker places 5th in the 200 M. at the Olympics. She is also recognized as the National Champion in the 100 M and 4 x 100 in 2005 and the 60M and long jump in 2006. Marshevet also holds the school record for most points scored at a track meet (30), and she is recognized 9 times as an All American.
2016 Olympians representing the U.s.a
1963 - Women events were added to the Texas Relays for the first time
TOPPING THE CHARTS IN 1970
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Two mile relay with Susan Abernathy, Julia Campbell, Susan Davis, and Carol Sheffield capture the TAIAW state championship.
Team places 2nd at the Texas Women's University Invitational with Julia Campbell winning the 1500 meter and Carol Finsrud winning the the discus and mile.
Horn women return 5 runners from the 1978 State Champions. Horns win the regionals but fall well short of their goal at the national meet. Kelly Wells leads the way in state and regional competition. 14 qualified for the NCAA championships and all but two school records are broken.
Kathy Devine is The First Longhorn Women's National Champion. She Is Recognized As An All American in the shot put. (looking for clearer picture)
198o- Coach Phil Delevan
Texas women place 2nd at the TAIAW track meet. It was a team effort with only two Longhorns winning their events- Tammy Etienne in the 400 hurdles and Laura Messner in the discus. The Horns also won the 1600 meter relay
1981 pending Coach Phil Delvan
All-American hurdler Tammy Etienne, Robbin Coleman, and discus thrower Laura Messner lead the team in 1981 breaking 5 school records and two stadium records , but these records at AIAW nationals are not fast enough to win any points at the National meet.
Jo Beth Palmer wins the shot put at the Louisiana State Invitational. Robbin Coleman, , Tara Arnold, and Heidi Hansen also win their events.
Tammy Etienne is recognized as National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 and is an All American 6 times.
Robin Coleman is recognized as National Champion on the 4 x 400 in 1981, the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 in 1982, and the 800 Medley relay in 1983. She is a 12 time All American and four time MVP of the team.
Julie Holmes is recognized as National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 in 1981 and she is a 5 time All American.
Coach Terry Crawford 1982-1992
Terry Crawford r an track at Tennessee in the 70's and won three national middle distance championships;
Competed at the Pan American games;
Coached Tennessee for 11 years ;
Terry Crawford Is The Only Woman Inducted Into The Hall Of Honor In The Cross Country Category;
Her Longhorn teams won 5 national Championships including the Indoor Championship in 1986, 1988, and 1990, and the Outdoor Championships in 1982 and 1986.
Crawford's athletes also won the 1986 Women's Cross Country National Championship; and
Coach Crawford is the only triple Crown 1 winner in the The History Of Longhorn Track.
1982- Coach Terry Crawford AIAW National Champions
Texas wins the 1982 AIAW outdoor National team title
Etienne, Holmes, Sherfield, Coleman are National Champions in the the 4 x 100
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Tara Arnold is the National Champion as a member of the 4 x 800 relay and a 6 time All American.
Susan Bean is National Champion as a member of the 4 x 100 and and 4 x 400 relays and she is a 3 time All American.
Hollie Denny is National Champion as a member of the 4 x 100 and 800 medley relay, and she is a 3 time All American.
Lorri Kokkola is the National Champion in the Javelin, and she is a 2 time All American.
Sharon Neugebauer is National Champion as a member of the 4 x 800, and she is a 2 time All American.
Donna Sherfield is National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 in 1981 and 1982 and the 4 x 100 relays in 1982, and she is a 8 time All American.
Florence Walker is National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800, and a 6 time All American.
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JoBeth Palmer placed fifth in the discus at the 1982 AIAW National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
1983 Coach Terry Crawford ranked 11th Nationally
TOPPING THE CHARTS 1983
5 school records were broken- Susan Shutt in the 200 meters, Arnold in the 1500 meters , and Cuthbert in the 100 meters. Two school relay records were also broken.
1984 Coach Terry Crawford
14th in the Indoor national championship meet, second in the SWC.
Terri Turner is National Champion in the triple jump in 1984 and 1986.
1985- Coach Terry Crawford Texas is runner-up to the national champions
In 1985 and 1986 Juliet Cuthbert receives the Honda-Broderick award as National Track & Field Athlete of the Year and the Jumbo Elliot Award . She is a 12 time All American.
1986 Coach Terry Crawford indoor, Cross Country and Outdoor National champions
Karol Davidson wins the National Championship in the 1000 M. She is recognized 8 times as an All American. HOH in 2014
Terri Turner is National Champion in the Triple Jump in 1984 and 1986, and she is a 12 time All American.
Annie Schweitzer is the National Champion in the 5000M and a member of the HOH, and she is a 6 time All American. (looking for picture)
1987 COACH TERRY CRAWFORD Indoor National Champion
In 1987 the Longhorns backed into the Indoor National Championship . They initially finished 2nd to Alabama ,but Alabama used an ineligible player so Texas was crowned national champion.
1988 COACH TERRY CRAWFORD Indoor National Champion
Mary Bolden is a National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 relay. She is a 3 time All American.
Angie Bradburn wins the National Championship in the High Jump.
Roberts, Bolden, Guidry, Flowers win the National Championship in the 4 x 400 Meter.
9 team members were named All American. Guidry set two school records, was the top performer at Nationals, and the first woman track star to win two individual events at the NCAA National Championship. Angie Bradburn won the high jump.
1989- COACH TERRY CRAWFORD
Barbara Flowers is recognized as a National Champion as part of the 4 x 400 in 1988 and 1989 and is a 6 time All American.
Leslie Hardison is recognized as a National Champion as a member of the 4 x 400 in 1989.
Kellie Roberts is recognized as National champion as a member of the 4 x 400 relay in 1998,1999,and 2000 , and she is a 8 time All American.
1990 Coach Terry Crawford Indoor National Champion
Horns win the SWC and the Indoor national championship. Carlette Guidry, Angie Bradburn, Sandie Richards , and Kellie Roberts lead the team. Guidry receives the outstanding achievement award for her accomplishments in 1989.
Roberts, Guidry, Ates, Richards win the National Championship in the 4 x 400 Meter.
Angie Bradburn is National Champion in the high jump in 1988 and 1990. She is recognized 5 times as an All American, and is inducted into the HOH.
Nicole Ates is recognized as the the National Champion as part of the 4 x 400. She is recognized 4 times as an All American.
Sandie Richards is a National Champion as part of the 4 x 400 relay,and she is a 7 time All American.
1991 Coach Terry Crawford Runner up to national Champions
Horn are SWC indoor champions. The 7th straight title. Crawford is SWC Indoor Track Coach of the year for the 3rd time. Guidry sets a meet record in the 200 meter and the 55 meter dash.
Stacey Clack is recognized as National Champion as a member of the 4 x 100. (looking for a clearer picture). She is a 3 time All American.
Eileen Vanisi is the National Champion in the shot put in 1991 and 1994 and is an inductee into the HOH in 2010. She is also a 8 time All American.
Tamela Saldana is recognized as National Champion as a member of the 4 x 100 in 1991 and the 4 x 400 in 1989 , and she is a 6 time All American.
Michelle Williams- NCAA Indoor National Championship team in 89-90 and - member of the 4x100 relay team that won the national championship during the 1991 track season
1992 Coach Terry Crawford
TOP OF THE CHARTS IN 1992
Longhorn women win the indoor and outdoor SWC championship (again). Coach Crawford chooses to resign at the end of the 1992 season to coach Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. She is one of the best coaches ever at Texas! She led Texas to 5 NCAA championships in 8 years. In her final year as a Longhorn , she coached the women’s track team to a SWC indoor championship . Monica Hays was the top scorer for the Horns. Shola Lynch wins the 800 meter,Kellie Roberts finishes first in the 400 meter, and Davina Manship wins the 5000 meter.
During the outdoor season, the Horns finish first in the SWC. Roberts scores the most points in the SWC meet, Lynch shatters the meet record in the 1500, Manship wins the 3000 meter, and Vanisi wins the discus. Shola Lynch is an All American in 1992.
Telisa Young - 2 time NCAA individual champion and 4 time All-American in the triple Jump. HOH inductee
Track Coaches - Sue Humphrey
Sue Humphrey was hired by the Longhorns in 1984 as assistant women's field event coach. She was part of a coaching contingent that produced 4 NCAA team titles in 5 years. She takes special pride in working with individual National Champions Carlette Guidry, Terri Turner, & Angie Bradburn. Sue is the only female to coach NCAA individual champions in the Long, triple, and high jumps.
From 1992-1995, Sue assisted Stan Huntsman's men's track & field team working with Richard Duncan who was the first Longhorn athlete to qualify for NCAA Nationals in the long jump, triple jump, & high jump.
Sue returned to UT for the 2010-2011 season as a volunteer coach for Bev Kearney's women's team helping with the high jumpers & pole vaulters.
SUE IS AN OLYMPIAN
Sue Humphrey was the Head Manager for the USA women's Olympic track & field team in 1992, an Assistant Coach for the women's team in 1996, and the Head Coach for the women's team in 2004. Charles Austin, one of the athletes Sue coached, won the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in the men's high jump setting an Olympic Record of 7'10" which still stands!
Please welcome Sue Humphrey to the celebration of Longhorn Sports History.