American WomenÕs Track and Field, 1981Š2000: A History

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McFarland, Dec 19, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 527 pages
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In 1895 the Vassar College Athletic Association ignored the constraints placed on women athletes of that era and held its first-ever women's field day, featuring competition in five track and field events. Soon colleges across the country were offering women the opportunity to compete. Much has changed for collegiate track and field programs over time, particularly in recent years. A full program of distance events was added to the 1984 Olympic's schedule culminating in the marathon; by the year 2000, women were throwing the hammer, running the steeplechase, triple jumping and pole vaulting. Today, many await the replacement of the heptathlon with the decathlon--when this change occurs, the men's and women's programs will finally be equal. This exhaustive history, a continuation of the first volume which covered the years 1895 through 1980, details every United States Olympic team, Olympic trial, national championship, Pan American Games and other significant meets involving American women in track and field events from 1981 through 2000. Almost 50 unique interviews with outstanding athletes and coaches, more than 100 photographs, a listing of enshrinees in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, listings of major award winners and New York Marathon winners, and an extensive bibliography and index are included.
 

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Contents

1 1981
3
2 1982
22
3 1983
38
4 1984
67
5 1985
115
6 1986
130
7 1987
140
8 1988
161
15 1995
325
16 1996
352
17 1997
383
18 1998
401
19 1999
415
20 2000
433
Appendix A
467
Appendix B
469

9 1989
199
10 1990
218
11 1991
237
12 1992
258
13 1993
287
14 1994
307
Appendix C
472
Appendix D
474
Bibliography
477
Index of Photographs
485
General Index
487
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The late Louise Mead Tricard, was a member of the 1959 Pan American team and had worked extensively with the U.S. national and international track and field teams. She was a retired guidance counselor and lived in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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