Cyndie Brown (Williams) (2013)
About Cyndie Brown (Williams)
Cyndie Brown of Kettering Fairmont East High School’s Class of ’79 epitomized the growing women’s running movement in Ohio. A three year athlete on the track, Cyndie went to the State Championship in her junior and senior year in the mile posting a PR of 5:04. As a junior in cross country, Cyndie competed on the boys’ team until, in 1978 – her senior year – women’s cross country became a recognized sport. Running on the first ever girls’ team, she never lost a race her senior year until the State Meet where she finished 2nd. Continuing her career at Indiana University, Cyndie ran four years of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track posting PR’s of 9:26 for the 3K, 16:10 for the 5K, and 34:07 for the 10K. It was following her career at Indiana, however, when Cyndie reached her greatest heights. Cyndie’s first attempt at the marathon came in Columbus in 1983 where she ran 2:46, finished as the first Ohio finisher, and qualified for the Olympic Trials. Across the 80’s decade, Cyndie became one of the best marathoners in the world and her runner-up finish at the 1987 Pittsburgh Marathon ranked her as the #1 American woman and #6 in the world for the year. Running World and Runners World both featured her on their covers during this time period and with back to back victories in the St. Louis Marathon (1984, 1985) and the 1988 Honolulu Marathon title in her crown, Cyndie was recognized as one of America’s leading ladies in long distance running. Her PR’s include a 15:34 5K, 32:24 10K, 1:13:33 in the half marathon, and a marathon PR of 2:34.09. Cyndie currently lives in Louisville, Colorado.