News & Notes, Volume 8, Number 59


Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field

Women's track pioneer Louise Mead Tricard dies

An accomplished athlete, women's track and field enthusiast, historian and administrator, Louise Mead Tricard died September 30 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 72.

Mead Tricard, who grew up in the Bronx and in recent years lived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., was an accomplished athlete who ran the 200 meters at the 1959 Pan Am Games and competed in the 1960 Olympic Trials, in addition to setting the U.S. women's indoor 440-yard dash record in 1960. She also competed in masters competition as a sprinter and marathoner.

Mead Tricard was a driving force in developing girls' high school track in New York and directed the first state championship for girls at West Point in 1975. Mead Tricard founded the Empire Track and Field Camp of Girls in 1976 and managed USA Junior teams in national and international competition.

An integral member of the Games and Seeding Committees of the Millrose Games, U.S. Indoor Nationals (then in Madison Square Garden) and Olympic Invitational, Mead Tricard was involved for many years with the U.S. Track & Field Library and played a key role in moving the National Track & Field Hall of Fame to the New Balance Armory in 2004.

Her two books,American Women's Track and Field : A History, 1895 Through 1980, and American Women's Track and Field, 1981-2000 : A History, are recognized as the only comprehensive books ever written on U.S. women's track and field.

Mead Tricard is survived by her sister Jane Peter. Her husband, John, died earlier this year.