Date Posted:11/09/2004, 10:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - USA Track and Field has announced their 2004 selections for the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and Bowdoin's Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 was one of ten individuals honored. The induction ceremony will be held December 3 at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus in Oregon.
Benoit Samuelson, one of the most decorated runners in the world, gained international acclaim by capturing the first-ever women's Olympic marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. A 1979 graduate of Bowdoin College, she was a four-time All-American and captured the first of her two Boston Marathon titles while attending the school.
"It never really crossed my mind that I'd be elected to the Hall of Fame," Benoit Samuelson said in a press release from USA Track and Field. "Running is just what I do every day and its something I'm very passionate about."
A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Benoit Samuelson was presented with the Jesse Owens Award in 1984 and earned the Sullivan Award in 1985, recognizing the top U.S. amateur athlete.
Other inductees into the Hall of Fame's 2004 class include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Michael Johnson, Michael Conley, Jack Davis, Otis Davis, Gerry Lindgren, John Pennel, Dr. Evie Dennis and Stan Huntsman.