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Um ever heard of Debbie Heald?
1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 5:47PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
16 Year Old Debbie Heald wins the USA vs USSR women's mile in a national high school record of 4:38.5. Still the record to this day! That's longer than Jim Ryun's 3:55 stood! She hangs in the back until the end, finishing off a Russian who had just set the indoor 1500m world record the previous week with a blistering kick! Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LrvJ2bsFduY#
Debbie MF Heald
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 5:51PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Goddam... I'd marry that stride! The way she opens up is beautiful!
What????
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 5:57PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Her PR was 4:47 before this race??? BOSS!!!!
Um ever heard of Debbie Heald?
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:00PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The description from the youtube video:

Date: March 17, 1972
Place: The Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia
Meet: The USSR vs. USA Indoor Meet
Story: Debbie Heald is a 16 year old high school junior running in her first international competition. Three weeks earlier, running for her club team, the La Mirada Meteors, she had qualified for the US team by running a 4:47 mile to place second in the national indoor championship in Madison Square Garden. Her competition in this race is Doris Brown, 29, the US champion and five-time world cross country champion, Tamara Pangelova, 28, who had set the world record in the indoor 1500 meters in the European Championship the previous week and Lyudmila Bragina, 29, who would win the Olympic 1500 in Berlin that summer. Thirty-five years later Debbie's time in this race still stands as the US high school indoor mile record. (In watching this race be aware that this is 160 yard track which requires 11 laps to make a mile. The traditional quarter mile splits are at 2 3/4, 5 1/2 and 8 1/4 laps.)

Her competition is the 5 time World Cross champion, the world record holder in the 1500ms, and the future olympic champion. SHIIIIEEEEEEEET!!!!!!
douglas burke
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:03PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
just a side note the 1972 olympics were in munich, not berlin.
Mr. Battery
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:06PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I can't imagine the adrenaline rush she was getting at that moment while beating the 3 toughest competitors on the planet at that time. Sick race.
Um ever heard of Debbie Heald?
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:11PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
correction: it wasn't a national record, it was a world record!!!
Touche
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:21PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thanks for posting. To clarify, and maybe you said this and I just missed it, it stands as an indoor record.
Smoking fast
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:21PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
very Jim Ryun-esque.
Psac runner 2323
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:26PM - in reply to Mr. Battery Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Smoking fast
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 6:56PM - in reply to Psac runner 2323 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
the article says she ran in shoes held together by tape because she couldn't afford new ones.
The MonBRO Doctrine
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 7:01PM - in reply to Psac runner 2323 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Psac runner 2323 wrote:

Article on debbie in 2002

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/jan/14/sports/sp-pucin14


Good lord that was sad. I hope she's doing better.

Did you notice she was coached briefly in college by Laszlo Tabori, history's third sub-four minute miler?
garymustgo
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 7:32PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
"Look at Heald, look at Heald"

Crazy good finish by her!
but...
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 8:08PM - in reply to garymustgo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Isn't the high school record 4:35 by Polly Plummer?
mcgato
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 8:51PM - in reply to but... Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Heald has the indoor mile record.

but... wrote:

Isn't the high school record 4:35 by Polly Plummer?
Track Town is in Oregon
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 9:06PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Oh SHUT THE F U C K UP about another L.A. track star from La Mirada High School no doubt. We'tre sick and tired of you L.A. snots bringing up Allyson Felix & Carmelita Jeter crapola.

L.A. SUCKS.

Eugene, Oregon is the ONLY Track Town USA.
TVC19
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 9:16PM - in reply to Track Town is in Oregon Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
LOL the russian assumes 3-point start then lunges to the... back of the field!

Can't see sh!t about anyone's stride from the poor quality. Doris looked pretty solid though. Heald has a weird kick- sprints pas Doris, slows for a bit then slingshots past Pantalova.

One-race wonder I guess but what a race!
Smoking fast
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 10:14PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
how many high school girls have run sub 4:40? Is she the only one indoors? I know Mary Decker ran 4:40. Crazy to think It's been 40 years, is that the oldest high school record indoor or out?
meepmeepnickray
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/17/2012 10:23PM - in reply to Um ever heard of Debbie Heald? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
the POWER of los angeles on display. once again
DallasGay Pride Parage
RE: 1972 USA vs USSR: 16 year old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing) 3/18/2012 12:39AM - in reply to meepmeepnickray Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Yeah like HBO Game of Thrones was made in La La Land the gayest HBO series ever made.
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