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Thursday, June 16, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's Chandra Cheeseborough will have another honor added to her long list of accomplishments as she will be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame this week. Cheeseborough, an Olympic track gold medalist and the current head coach of the TSU Tigerbelles, is among the headliners at the 2005 induction ceremony to be held in Tampa. Cheeseborough will be inducted along with tennis great Chris Evert and former Florida and Cincinnati Bengal football player Cris Collinsworth and seven other individuals. "I am very excited receiving such a prestigious honor," said Cheeseborough. "This is a very big event and I am looking forward to it." Cheeseborough was a standout in track & field at Ribault High School in Jacksonville, where she was the state champion and record holder for the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash in 1977. She also was captain of the basketball team, averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds per game and making the Parade All-America team. Cheeseborough won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1975 Pan American Games, and was a member of the record-setting 400-meter relay at the AAU Junior Women's Track & Field Championships. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and placed sixth in the 100-meter dash. Cheeseborough also made the Olympic team in 1980 and 1984, winning two gold medals and one silver in Los Angeles. Cheeseborough was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. She is also a member of the TSU Sports Hall of Fame, National Track & Field Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame. This is the 14th group to be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame, formerly the FHSAA Hall of Fame. This year's inductees bring to 93 the number of individuals who have been enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2005 Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet is being held at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel in Tampa.