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Jane Sumner
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2001 Individual Award Winner


Even though there was no track and field team at Kaskaskia College in 1978, Sumner was encouraged to participate in the discus at several meets to see if she could meet the qualifying mark of 125 for the NJCAA Nationals. This was a distance she had accomplished while at Centralia High School. She met the standard and while competing in the NJCAA Nationals, she was scouted by a coach for SIU-E.

Sumner was recruited for a position with the SIU-E track team for 1979. In her first season at SIU-E, she set a new school record for the discus at 142. She qualified for the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (Precursor to NCAA for Women) state meet in Normal, Illinois, and took first with a throw of 1379. She was named SIU-E Track and Field MVP.

In the summer of 1979, she placed first in the discus at the U.S. Track and Field Association Championships in Wichita, Kansas with a throw of 14010. This gave her All-American status and the opportunity to compete with the U.S. Olympic team.

In 1980, as Co-Captain of the SIU-E team, she again won the AIAW state meet and also qualified for the AIAW national meet. At the national meet, she placed ninth in a field that included all intercollegiate women as there were no divisional break-outs at that time. Sumner was named All-State and again was SIU-E MVP.

In the summer of 1980, she placed second at the U.S. Track and Field Association meet.

In 1981, again as Co-Captain of the SIU-E team, she set a new record of 1585. Sumner again won the AIAW State Championship with a toss of 15310 receiving All-State honors. At the AIAW DIV. II national meet, she placed second, receiving All-American honors. She was again named SIU-E MVP, and also voted Most Outstanding Female Athlete, and named one of the Elite Eight Athletes by the SIU-E Alestle News.

In 35 intercollegiate meets, Sumner took 25 firsts and seven seconds.



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