NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State University Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice will receive the Jimmy Carnes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 8, during a ceremony in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“I’m excited about being honored with a prestigious award like this,” Cheeseborough-Guice said. “Jimmy Carnes has done a lot for the sport of track and field, and I’m honored that my name is in a conversation with his name.”
The award is named after Carnes, who served as the head coach of the track and field team at the University of Florida before being named head coach of the United States Olympic Team.
The award ceremony, held in conjunction with the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Track Clinic, will take place at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanwalk Resort.
As an athlete, Cheeseborough-Guice was named to three United States Olympic teams. The Jacksonville, Fla. native placed sixth as a 17-year old in the 100-meter dash in Montreal (1976). She qualified for the ill-fated 1980 Olympic team that did not compete because of a boycott. In 1984, at the Los Angeles games, she made Olympic history by running a leg on two gold-medal relay teams and was the silver medalist in the 400-meters.
Cheeseborough-Guice emerged on the scene in 1975 at age 16, where she won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash in the Pan American Games with a world junior record of 22.77 seconds. She also won the TAC 100-meter championship in a time of 11.13.
As a coach, she has guided TSU to eight Ohio Valley Conference Championships and is an eight-time OVC Coach of the Year honoree.
During the summer of 2015, the TSU graduate helped guide Team USA as an assistant coach at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Cheeseborough-Guice worked directly with the women’s sprinters and hurdlers, who took home 10 of the team’s 41 medals at the games.
In 2008, Cheeseborough-Guice was named the sprinter's coach for the 2008 USA Team that competed in the Beijing, China Olympics. USA captured 23 medals which included 10 gold, eight silver, five bronze medals.
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.