News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Given to Fly

August 18, 2008

Given to Fly: Bronze medalist has strong ISU ties

One of the remarkable American medalists of this 2008 Olympics thus far also provided one of the most sparkling stories in the brief history of the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course here in Terre Haute.

Shalane Flanagan won the bronze medal Saturday (late Friday evening here) in Beijing in the 10,000 meters, becoming the first American woman to medal in the event since 1992.

As a junior running for the University of North Carolina, Flanagan won the first of five NCAA Championships to be contested at the Terre Haute course.

Flanagan’s mother, Cheryl Treworgy, is an Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame member, and Treworgy was shown extensively on the delayed NBC telecast cheering for her daughter as the focused Flanagan reeled in the third-place runner and went on to break the American 10K record.

Current ISU assistant track and cross country coordinator Geoff Wayton, an ISU alumnus, stays in touch with Treworgy.

“I got all teary eyed watching the camera pan to Cherrie,” said Wayton, who will be the meet director for the NCAA meet this fall. “It’s really fantastic what [Cheryl] went through. I did a project in grad school on what she had to overcome. She got kicked off the track as a young girl. She had to start behind the boys so she wouldn’t humiliate the guys. You see her daughter reaping the benefits of what she had to go through.”

Treworgy, who attended Indianapolis North Central High School, was a pioneer in women’s athletics, particularly running, becoming the first American woman to receive an athletic scholarship. The funding was actually a “talented student scholarship” and the brainchild of Dr. Eleanor Forsythe St. John, an Indiana State physical education teacher.

Originally Cheryl Pedlow, and then Cheryl Bridges when she married as a Sycamore sophomore, Treworgy held the women’s world record in marathon from 1971 to 1973 (2 hours, 49 minutes and 40 seconds).

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Given to Fly
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity