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           Fran (Auer Sichting) Worthen




Worthen was one of the top female track and field athletes in the country and a multiple state champion for Marshfield. While at Marshfield, she participated in cross country, field hockey, volleyball and track and field, and was an active member of the Girls Athletic Association, holding several offices including president. She spent her track and field career setting and resetting school, district and state records, and two times broke the national high school long jump record. She won a total of 10 state titles, is the only Class 4A athlete to score more than 100 career points in the state meet, and led Marshfield to the 1972 state championship. After graduating from Marshfield, she joined the track and field team at Southwestern Oregon Community College, becoming the first woman to participate for a men's junior college track team. She broke the American record for 220 yards three times, but was denied the mark on technicalities each time. In 1974, she was the AAU National Senior Women's champion at 220 yards and part of a 440-yard relay team that set an American record. She retired from track and field in 1975 to turn her attention to motherhood and is now the head track and field coach at Marshfield.

American Short Relay Record Holder in 1974
Set National Record in Long Jump in 1970 & 71
10 Time State Champion
In 1974, two years after her successful high school career, Fran was a National Championship finalist in the long jump, 100 yard and 220-yard dashes. She won the 220 yard dash and was crowned America's national champion. That same year she competed for the US in the short relay against the USSR at Duke University and the team set an American Record.

Relay Team set State Record in 1970 & 72
1970 880 Medley Relay Team - Cheryl Bates, Barb Seyler, Carol Knight, Fran  
1972 880 Medley Relay Team - Vicki Hunt, Dianne Walker, Tina Rausch, Fran

1972   Long Jump 18-5 220 Yd Dash 24.9 100 Yd Dash  10.9 880 Relay 1:53.9
1971   Long Jump 18-8 220 Yd Dash 25.5    
1970   Long Jump 18-7.5 220 Yd Dash 25.2 100 Yd Dash 11.0 880 Relay  1:54.8

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Steve Prefontaine Run - Dates, Entry Forms, Etc
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