Chandra Cheeseborough

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2005

Chandra Cheeseborough is one of the marquee names in United States track & field. Her success at the state, national and international levels rank her among the most noted Florida high school athletes.

Cheeseborough began her career as a standout at Ribault High School in Jacksonville, where she played basketball and volleyball, and ran sprints for the track & field team. She was an all-conference selection in all three sports for three years. As a basketball player, Cheeseborough was a Parade All-American, and averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds per game.

However, it was in track & field that Cheeseborough truly found her calling. She was a three-time state champion in both the 100- and 220-yard dashes from 1975-1977, setting state and national records in both events in 1977. Cheeseborough was also the state champion in the long jump in 1977.

Cheeseborough also made her mark in international competition. She won two gold medals in the 1975 Pan American Games at age 16, setting an American record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.77. Cheeseborough placed second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the USA Olympic Trials and won a spot on the 1976 Olympic Team, placing sixth in the 100-meter dash in Montreal. She also qualified for the 1980 Olympic Team in both sprints, but did not compete due to the boycott against the Soviet Union. The 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles saw Cheeseborough’s best Olympic performance, running a leg on two gold-medal relay teams and taking silver in the 400-meter dash.

Cheeseborough graduated from Tennessee State University in Nashville in 1981 with a degree in health and physical education, and became that institution's head women’s cross country and track & field coach in 1999. She has led the track & field program to a pair of consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track Championships and an Indoor Championship. Cheeseborough is a three-time OVC Coach of the Year and also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1999 Junior Pan-Am Championships. She is a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame.