Hughes wins 800-meter crown
Through 1982 season
WASHINGTON - Carolyn Hughes, the first Catholic University woman named an All-American in track, ran the 800 meters in 2:13.1 in the 1982 NCAA Division III Women's Track and Field Championships to capture the national title. The championships were held at North Central College, in Naperville, Ill.
For someone who has helped set nine track records at Catholic, Hughes, a junior from Chevy Chase, Md., would be the first to admit she has accomplished a lot in three seasons. However, her most recent race is her most memorable.
"It's the culmination of something I have worked at for a long time," says Hughes, who qualified for the nationals in 1981 but came up short in the preliminary heats. Her best time in the 800 is 2:10, set during the 1981 EAIAW meet. The AIAW was the national governing body for women's athletics before the NCAA began sponsoring women's championships.
"She has had a good season to say the least," said head coach Joe Fisher. "The most important aspect of her performance was her timing. She put it all together at the right time. An illness earlier in the season and her demanding schedule made things tough for her at first, but she worked hard to overcome that," Fisher points out.
Although she has reached the summit competitively, Hughes would like to stay on top and reach for the national title in the mile and 1500 meters. "It can be done," said Fisher. "Carolyn is the type of individual who relishes that kind of challenge. It may be hard to imagine, but next season she could be a year faster and a year better."