Sallie Beth Johnson
Hall of Fame induction: 2016
Sallie Beth was a distance standout in the early 90s for the Sussex Central Golden Knights, where she was a catalyst for reviving their women’s cross country and track & field program.
As a six time state champion in cross country and track & field, she set a state indoor 3200m (11:23.2) record and Henlopen Conference outdoor records for the 1600m (5:11.2) and 3200m (11:27).
She was a second team Junior Olympics All-American and top tier finisher at the Kinney Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship. During the 1992-93 season, she was awarded the N5CTA’s George T. Johnson award for the state’s fastest female and William L. Gerow award for girls’ state cross-country MVP.
She received WBOC-TV/McDonald’s Honor Roll Student Athlete and Delaware State News’ High School Athlete of the Year awards and has been recognized as a Seashore Striders Hall of Fame honoree.
Sallie Beth attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD on a Division I cross country, indoor, and outdoor track & field scholarship. Competing in the 5000m and 10,000m, she was named Northeast Conference (NEC) All- Conference and on the NEC Commissioners’ Honor Roll.
After college, Sallie Beth continued running pursuits including qualification for the Boston Marathon (3:16). She was the founder of the Sandhills Striders-RRCA running club and Sandhills Race Series, bringing together over 15 charity road races in the Southern Pines, North Carolina area.