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Melissa Morrison Howard

Women's Track & Field 1989-93

Appalachian State University

2009 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee


Considered by many the greatest track & field athlete in the history of the Southern Conference, Melissa Morrison Howard was a dominant performer at Appalachian State, winning 17 individual Conference championships in six different events during her collegiate career. She was twice named All-American and helped the Mountaineers earn eight SoCon championships in her four years in Boone, N.C.

A native of Mooresville, North Carolina, she was an All-American in both the 55 and 100-meter hurdles in 1993. She was voted Most Valuable Performer in both the 1992 and '93 SoCon indoor and outdoor championships.  Her presence helped the Mountaineers win every indoor and outdoor SoCon team championship during her enrollment (eight total).

After graduating from App State in 1993, Morrison Howard pursued her Olympic dream, becoming one of the greatest hurdlers in the world. She captured four U.S. championships in the indoor 60-meter hurdles.

In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Morrison Howard earned a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles. Four years later,  in Athens, she repeated her performance by winning another bronze medal. She is the only American Olympian  to ever medal twice in the 100-meter hurdles.

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