Friday, December 2, 2022

Hampton native and Olympian McCorory named to VHSL Hall of Fame

HAMPTON — Four hundred meters and less than 52 seconds. That’s all it took for Francena McCorory to make a lasting impression on the high school track and field scene in Virginia.

Those numbers are the distance she ran and the time it took for her to pull off ‘come-from-behind’ victories in the state.

For that achievement, and many more, she will be inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on June 24 in Charlottesville.

Her accomplishments at Bethel High School include 15 individual state titles (8 indoor and 7 outdoor) and six state relay titles. She also helped the Bruins to three state indoor and three state outdoor state (Group AAA) championships.

After high school, McCorory went to Hampton University, where she became an All-American, winning three NCAA titles and setting American and NCAA records. She added Olympic gold in 2012 as a member of the 4×400 relay team, and multiple world titles.

Ceremony details

  • What: VHSL induction ceremony
  • When: Sunday, June 24
  • Where: Charlottesville
  • Inductees: Athletes – Francena McCorory (Bethel), Sharon Couch (Amelia County), Sheena Johnson (Gar-Field), Meghan McCarthy (James Robinson), Charles Stukes (Crestwood). Coaches – Jack Baker (Maury), Jean Gillespie (Rich Valle HS, Northwood HS), Jerome Loy (Jefferson Forest). Contributors: – Mike Ingrao (VHSL wrestling rules interpreter), Bob Stratton (Hanover, Atlee, Patrick Henry-Ashland).

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