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Mary Virginia 'Ginger' Smith

Hall of Fame induction:  1996

In 1963 Ginger became interested in T & F and came to be the pioneer in girl’s track competition in Delaware. When she began there was no girl’s team at Tower Hill School or even later at Stanford University or Cornell where she studied in the 1960s.

Ginger was the first Delaware woman to run in the Philadelphia Penn Relays and she qualified for the 1964 Olympic Trials at Randals Island and placed eighth in four events there: the 80 meter hurdles, and the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. In the 1965 AAU National Championships, Ginger placed second in the girl's division 50 yard hurdles in 7.1. At the 1966 Penn Relays, Ginger won the open quarter in 58.9 and ran lead-off for Tower Hill's winning 440 yard relay team.

Ginger later ran for the Millbrae Lions Track Team in California and won the 100 yards in the California State meet in 1967. Later Ginger began masters competition and won the 600y and took two 2nd places in the 35-39 division of the National Masters Track & Field Championship in 1985 and was a double winner in the Eastern Masters Championships that same year.

Delaware T&F Hall of Fame member

Delaware T&F Hall of Fame member

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