100 Moments: Cheeseborough is a Lifelong Tigerbelle
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by remembering one of the premier track and field athletes in Tennessee State history.

Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice joined the Tigerbelles in 1977 after bursting onto the scene by winning a pair of gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games.

Under the guidance of legendary track and field coach Ed Temple, Cheeseborogh-Guice qualified for the Olympics in 1980- the year that the U.S. boycotted the games.

Cheeseborogh-Guice's next chance at the Olympics was 1984 in Los Angeles, Cal. She made the most of her time on the west coast, winning one silver and two gold medals. She made history when she became the first woman to win gold medals in both 400-meter relays, which were held less than an hour apart.

At TSU, Cheeseborough-Guice was a member of National Championship teams that set world records of 1:08.9 minutes in the 640-yard relay and 1:47.17 minutes in the 800-yard sprint medley relay. She won the national indoor 200-yard dash in 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Cheeseborough-Guice returned to her alma mater in 1994 and has led the track and field program to six Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Championships. The titles include: 2001 (outdoor), 2002 (indoor and outdoor), 2003 (indoor), and the 2008 (indoor and outdoor) crowns. She is also a four-time OVC Coach of the Year.

In 2009, she served as the women's head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. At the IAAF under Cheeseborough-Guice, the team collected 22 medals overall, winning more than any other country to dominate the placing table with 231 points. Team USA registered 10 gold, six silver and six bronze medals along with several outstanding performances.

Watch Cheeseborough-Guice help the U.S. pull away in the 4x100-meter relay below:

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.

Sports Information Assistant Alex Mitchell contributed to this article.